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Windowns do not Recognize HD

By luizotavio39
Mar 23, 2006
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  1. I have a dell pc p4, and 3 hds,one external 160GB, one 80gb internal, and now I just got this samsung 80 gig 7200 hd... my problem : I have install the Samsung, and the DOS system finds it... but Windons do not... what Am I doing wrong ????
  2. luizotavio39

    luizotavio39 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Addditional info

    I have windowns XP Home edition, and the HD is the slave... when I go to my computer it does show anything.
  3. altheman

    altheman Newcomer, in training Posts: 541

    did you format and make a partition on it?? windows cant read drives without partitions. to make one do the following:

    WARNING, ANY DATA YOU HAVE ON THE NEW HD WILL BE DELETED BY THE FOLLOWING METHOD (no need to worry if its new or you don't care ;-) )

    1-right click my computer -> manage
    2- go to disk management
    3- right click the new hd ->format
    4- leave the default options and click ok.

    it can take quite a while to format so you might as well make a cuppa :stickout:
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    if you cann't see the short there go to control panel maintaince /admin tools
    computer management
    may need a drive letter assigned as well as formatted
  5. luizotavio39

    luizotavio39 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot both ! I think it will work just fine !

    Right now is in the process of formating it...

    Just to let you aware, I dont know if any one needs a extra HD... I just bought it at COMPUSA... and after rebates it will have a final cost of $ 9.99 (plus tax of course, going to probably 15 dollars, where can you buy a hd of 80 GB for only 15 ?, offers ends tomorrow March 25.)

    Also they have dvd burners for 29 dollars (after rebate) and DVD-R 30 units for only 5.99...

    Again thanks a lot for the information, you guys save my day ! :)
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