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    Default Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    I have just bought a new Pioneer DVR-212 SATA burner but I had to get an IDE to SATA converter. It appears to be all plugged up ok, but windows cant see it. When I first turn on the computer and it goes through that testing stage, it shows the Pioneer drive after the two hard drives. But when I look in "My computer" its not there.
    Does this look like a bios upgrade is needed?
    Or is it something else I havent thought of?
    Any help appreciated.
    It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    Make sure IDE2 (Secondary IDE, Master) is enabled in the BIOS or IDE3 (Secondary IDE, Slave). Make sure it says the manufacturer of the drive and other details etc, corresponding to the drive (eg my new Samsung DVD-RW drive says SamsungCorp???. or something. This will tell you whether the drive has been correctly installed or not.

    Obviously, make sure all IDE and power leads arte firmly connnected to the drive.



    Hope I could help!
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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    Did a driver disk come with your ide-sata converter?

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    No disk. There was a small card the size of a matchbox with IDE plug on the bottom and sata's on top.
    It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    Check to see if the drive is showing up in Device Manager.
    If not check if there are any devices with an exclamation mark on them as they will need a driver.

    If it is showing there then right-click My Computer icon on the desktop and go to Manage.
    Check under Disk Management to see if the drive is there as it may be trying to use a drive letter that is already in use.

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    It doesnt show up anywhere.
    I have noticed though,
    I have probably restarted about 15 times today and the DVR drive doesnt always show in the post test thingy.
    It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    Sounds like a dodgy adapter.

    I know when I tried adapters for converting my IDE DVD drives to SATA, they didn't work at all and ended up getting a SATA burner.

    Just curious as to why you got a SATA burner if you only have IDE connectors on your m/board.

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    "Just curious as to why you got a SATA burner if you only have IDE connectors on your m/board. "

    That was my immediate thought. An IDE drive would have given no trouble

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    Default Re: Windows cant see my new DVR drive. Why?

    Possibly a dumb question but is your power lead plugged in? (looks like a floppy drive plug/socket in your photo).

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