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Please Help - second HDD unknown; unreadable; unallocated

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Old 01-23-2008
Bux63
 

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Please Help - second HDD unknown; unreadable; unallocated
I just finished assembling my computer. It’s an ambitious project with
Gigabyte GA-P-35- DS4 Motherboard and two HDD
a) Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 (for OS
+ programms)
b) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s (for
all other things)

Vista 64-bit installation was easy, problems started right after. Under
Computer only one Hard Disk Drive is shown – Raptor.
BIOS shows both:
IDE Channel 0 Master – WDC WD1500 ...
IDE Channel 1 Master – WDC WD7500 ...

Start/Control panel/System and Maintenance/Administrative Tools – Create and
Format Disk Partition under Disk Management shows unpromising picture

Second HD (WD Caviar) drive is unknown – unreadable - unallocated. Left
Click on it shows Properties (General / This device is working properly) &
Help. Right Click on it shows window, where first three (New Simple Volume;
New Spanned Volume; New Striped Volume) command lines are GRAY and not
working (second two: Properties & Help are OK)

I tried anything what came to mind like false new installation – unplug
disk, reboot / plug in, reboot – same result. Even upgraded BIOS (F11) from
Gigabyte – disk still unreadable.

Any help will be greatly appreciated


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Old 01-27-2008
CMShepard
 

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Re: Please Help - second HDD unknown; unreadable; unallocated
If it is new, or blank, first it has to be initialized (partitioned) and
then formatted, just like in the old days.
You do this with control panel/computer management/disk management
Both disks should be shown, but of course the new one will not be usable.
click on it (or right click, I can't remember) until you get a menu that
says initialize it.
Once it is initialized, you will be able to format it. Then it will show up
in Computer.

"Bux63" <illgetspam@manana.net> wrote in message
news:F365546C-6722-4ED7-9289-3836BA207FD6@microsoft.com...
>I just finished assembling my computer. It’s an ambitious project with
> Gigabyte GA-P-35- DS4 Motherboard and two HDD
> a) Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 (for
> OS
> + programms)
> b) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s (for
> all other things)
>
> Vista 64-bit installation was easy, problems started right after. Under
> Computer only one Hard Disk Drive is shown – Raptor.
> BIOS shows both:
> IDE Channel 0 Master – WDC WD1500 ...
> IDE Channel 1 Master – WDC WD7500 ...
>
> Start/Control panel/System and Maintenance/Administrative Tools – Create
> and
> Format Disk Partition under Disk Management shows unpromising picture
>
> Second HD (WD Caviar) drive is unknown – unreadable - unallocated. Left
> Click on it shows Properties (General / This device is working properly) &
> Help. Right Click on it shows window, where first three (New Simple
> Volume;
> New Spanned Volume; New Striped Volume) command lines are GRAY and not
> working (second two: Properties & Help are OK)
>
> I tried anything what came to mind like false new installation – unplug
> disk, reboot / plug in, reboot – same result. Even upgraded BIOS (F11)
> from
> Gigabyte – disk still unreadable.
>
> Any help will be greatly appreciated
>
>


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Old 01-28-2008
Bux63
 

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Re: Please Help - second HDD unknown; unreadable; unallocated
Thank you for answer. I really appreciate your attempt to help!
But, my problem is – there ISN’T Menu which allows me to initialize that
disk. Under “Disk Management” with right click I can get Menu, where first
three (New Simple Volume; New Spanned Volume; New Striped Volume) command
lines are GRAY and not working. And that is my Dead End – I don’t know how to
pass it.

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