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Windows 7: Installed HDD but can't 'see' it

27 Feb 2013   #1
pooksahib

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Installed HDD but can't 'see' it

Hi. I've just thrown away my old PVR but kept the HDD as there are some telly programmes on it I want to keep. It's a Hitachi ATA/IDE 3.5" drive which uses a 'flat' cable. The only flat cable in my PC belongs to the DVD RW so I simply took the cables off the DVD RW and connected them to the Hitachi.

On bootup, I was pleased to glimpse a balloon saying something like 'Hitachi device installed successfully'. However, in My Computer there's just no sign of the Hitachi.

Can anyone suggest where I've gone wrong?


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28 Feb 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Lets see if it shows in Disk Management:

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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28 Feb 2013   #3
pooksahib

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks, Golden, but I'm now finding other webpages which say PVR HDDs are not formatted to work on a PC. There's no point in formatting my PVR HDD as that would wipe it. So it seems I'm out of luck...
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28 Feb 2013   #4
LADYPINKtomato1

Windows 8 - 64-bit
 
 

Did you try right clicking on My Computer, then looking for your PC info. On one of the tabs, you should see the name you gave your PC, most of the info. pertaining to your system , read everything there on this tab...
I recall that was where my added memory showed up on my Windows XP.. ( going from 254 memory to 500 memory. ). down near the bottom , you do know you must reboot for the new memory to be found by your PC, if not it may not be seated correctly, I hope I've stated this correctly.
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28 Feb 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What`s an old PVR.

As Golden mentioned, post a shot of Disk Management, with thw hard drive installed.

Lady, he`s talking hard drive not memory.
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01 Mar 2013   #6
pooksahib

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Job done, I'm glad to report. Turns out that DVR HDD's are Linux-based which is why Win7 couldn't show it. I installed a program called Ext2Fsd:
Ext2Fsd Project
which allowed me to see the drive. The TV programmes I'd recorded on it were in .trp format which, in reality, is mpeg so I can easily edit them for normal use.
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01 Mar 2013   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

If you had posted an image from Disk management, we could have told you that earlier on
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01 Mar 2013   #8
pooksahib

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I had the image all ready for you but decided to experiment a bit further. Always more satisfying to do as much for yourself as possible...
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01 Mar 2013   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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