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Western Digital

By Liquidsword
Dec 20, 2003
  1. Hey guys, I've looked all over the net but have come to a dead end and thought i would ask you lot.

    I've just bought a 200GB Western Digital HD, but for some reason the computer doesn't register it at all. I've got a Abit KR7A Mobo, i tryed plugging the harddrive directly into the mobo and it dosnt see it at all. I got a Raid card which uses Silicon Image drivers, I updated the drivers for that but that dosnt see the harddrive as well. :confused:

    Dose it mean i will have to update the Bios? Or is it windows?

    Thanks for your help!.
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    I assume this is an internal HD.
    Try connecting it to one of your standard ATA-100 IDE-cables first.
    If there is already a HD or CD on it, set the new HD to slave.
    If this is the first drive on an empty IDE, set it to Master.

    In your BIOS set the corresponding IDE-connection to Automatic
    (Primary ID Master or Slave, or Secondary ID Master or Slave)

    All tech specs and settings can be found here:
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=38
     
  3. Liquidsword

    Liquidsword TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive been messing around with it some more and got a program that monitors the IDE connections.
    The Primary Channel shows my main HD and the Secondary Channel shows the 200GB hard drive, so the computer can see it yet when I go into 'My Computer' theres nothing there. Also if I go into the Device Manager and go to Disk Drives the new Hd is also listed. :confused: :confused:
    Does it mean Windows XP need updating to see the drive?
     
  4. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    Have you gone into My Computer/Manage/Disk Management and formatted/partitioned the drive yet? (assuming you have Win2k/XP)
     
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Sounds like you need to partition first, like Tarkus suggested.

    Start/Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Manager
     
  6. Liquidsword

    Liquidsword TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ahh yeah thats it! Thanks guys for all your help!!:grinthumb
     
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