View Full Version : Hard Drive Missing

12-07-2006, 02:27 PM
Hi there guys and girls, I have just bought a new Western Digital 160g hard drive. I have tried to install it but to no avail. When I go into the BIOS it shows, but when I boot into windows it says that a second hard drive is installed but it wont show in explorer. I have check device manager and there it is. Stupid stupid computer. Is there another way of confirming that there is no problem with the hard drive.

Oh also I have tried changing the jumper settings on the drive as well. No good.

Let me know your thoughts



12-07-2006, 02:59 PM
No mention of an OS but if XP

Start Menu -> Run -> diskmgmt.msc and see what is showing up there.

12-07-2006, 03:05 PM
Cool thanks. Yep running XP pro. Its there. Showing online and everything but still cannot see it in explorer.

Graham L
12-07-2006, 03:05 PM
Windows can't use it until it has been partitioned and formatted. It needs to have a filesytem which Windows can use.

That's why it doesn't show in Explorer.

The Disk Management software will do those operations if you ask it nicely. ;)

12-07-2006, 03:08 PM
HaHa rmofl helps if you format the drive ahy. What a dumb ass. But hey thanks for the diskmgmt.msc tip. I didnt know about that one.

All sorted now

12-07-2006, 03:09 PM
It needs to be initialised first.