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Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?

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Old 05-27-2008
abshero
 

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Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?
Hi,

I just installed Window's Vista Ultimate 64-bit on my new build. I have 3
harddrives installed (2 150gb and 1 640 gb). My BIOS reads all 3, but when
vista is booted, I only have a C: drive available (one of my 150 gb). None
of my drives are in a Raid array.

Can anyone inform me how to get vista to recognize the other 2 drives?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-27-2008
DL
 

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Re: Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?
What does it show in Disk Management?

"abshero" <abshero@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:00096838-7264-436A-AFFE-095CA08DC503@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> I just installed Window's Vista Ultimate 64-bit on my new build. I have 3
> harddrives installed (2 150gb and 1 640 gb). My BIOS reads all 3, but
> when
> vista is booted, I only have a C: drive available (one of my 150 gb).
> None
> of my drives are in a Raid array.
>
> Can anyone inform me how to get vista to recognize the other 2 drives?
>
> Thanks in advance.



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Old 05-27-2008
Malke
 

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Re: Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?
abshero wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I just installed Window's Vista Ultimate 64-bit on my new build. I have 3
> harddrives installed (2 150gb and 1 640 gb). My BIOS reads all 3, but
> when
> vista is booted, I only have a C: drive available (one of my 150 gb).
> None of my drives are in a Raid array.
>
> Can anyone inform me how to get vista to recognize the other 2 drives?


Are the missing drives partitioned and formatted? Do they show up in
Administrative Tools>Computer Manager>Disk Management?

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Old 05-27-2008
abshero
 

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Re: Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?


Yes, both drives are appearing in disk management.

They are classified as Unallocated though.
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Old 05-27-2008
Curious
 

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Re: Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?
If you can see them in disk management you should be able to format them so
they can be seen and used normally in Vista.
"abshero" <abshero@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>
>
> Yes, both drives are appearing in disk management.
>
> They are classified as Unallocated though.


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Old 05-27-2008
Donald L McDaniel
 

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Re: Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?
On Tue, 27 May 2008 10:24:02 -0700, abshero
<abshero@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>
>
>Yes, both drives are appearing in disk management.
>
>They are classified as Unallocated though.


If they are classified as unallocated, you must put a file system on
them before they will be visible in Windows Explorer.

This means that they must be initialized (formatted) by Windows (you).

Just make sure they are partitioned and formatted first.
(There must be at least a one formatted partition on each drive before
they will be visible to Explorer.)

Additionally, if they are already partitioned and formatted with a
non-windows format (ext, ext3, Reiser, etc), they will not be visible
in Windows.


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Old 05-28-2008
Colin Barnhorst
 

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Re: Vista only Recognizes one of my 3 harddrives... help?
Assuming that these are new drives, use Disk Mananger to initialize them
(assign a drive letter) and then you can format them either from DM or with
Explorer.

"abshero" <abshero@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:00096838-7264-436A-AFFE-095CA08DC503@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> I just installed Window's Vista Ultimate 64-bit on my new build. I have 3
> harddrives installed (2 150gb and 1 640 gb). My BIOS reads all 3, but
> when
> vista is booted, I only have a C: drive available (one of my 150 gb).
> None
> of my drives are in a Raid array.
>
> Can anyone inform me how to get vista to recognize the other 2 drives?
>
> Thanks in advance.


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