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Paul Downey
Posted on Friday, May 23, 2003 - 2:32 am:   

Hello, I hope somebody can help me out here, I’ve just spent most of my savings on a new Hard disk as I need the storage space, and Windows 2000 Pro wont recognise it!

I have an 80 Gb Western digital, and I used to use another old hard disk as well. The Western Digital is connected to my primary IDE slot, and the other hard disk was connected to this same cable. My DVD Rom and a CD writer take up my secondary IDE. The Western digital does not have any jumpers on it (for some reason), and the other old disk had jumpers setting it as slave. This configuration worked well; I booted from the Western Digital, and in windows I could access the old disk as an extra drive.

When I bought my new hard disk, which is a 120Gb Hitachi Deskstar (180GXP), I thought that simply swapping it with my old small hard disk would not be a problem. So, I ripped out the old one, and connected the new Deskstar to the primary IDE, with my Western Digital remaining as the first drive on this cable. I set the new Deskstars jumpers to slave, and booted. My BIOS seems to recognise it, but when in windows, I cant see it anywhere. Why!?

This is quite frustrating for me. I want to keep my Western Digital as the boot drive, because it has tons of stuff on there I want to keep. All I want is to be able to access this new Deskstar and stick files on there for storage. I attempted changing jumper settings on my Deskstar, but to no avail. If I set it up as a master (which I shouldn’t I know), none of my hard disks are recognised.

Perhaps the problem lies in having these two large hard disks on one cable? If anybody has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it.
Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2003 - 6:51 pm:   

If the drive is Bare it may need to be fdisked and formatted, in your case with Win2k the volume needs to be setup on the drive which you can do from the drive management console.

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