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Windows 7: Finding new Hard Drive


15 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7/Ubuntu
 
 
Finding new Hard Drive

Win 7 can't find my new drive.
I dual boot Win 7 and Ubuntu. Both boot okay on my machine but I want to add a new drive to the two existing ones. Currently Win 7 is on a 320 G Seagate and Ubuntu is on a 500 G Seagate. The new drive is a 1 T WD.
My bios recognizes all drives. Belarc Analyzer also finds the drive and even notes the serial number. But my `Computer `can`t see it and ``add new hardware`` can`t find it.

System-Asrock AOD790gx, PhenomII x4 955, 4 G`s mem, 600w Psu.

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15 Jan 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you try "Devices and Printers" in the Start menu and then " Add a Device".
Also have a look in Disk Management whether it is there. Maybe you have to initialize it and assign a drive letter. For Initialize right click on the left pane of the drive (where it says Disk 0, 1, etc.). To assign a drive letter, right click on the right pane. You may also have to format it (take "quick format" - with full format you are in for 10 hours)
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15 Jan 2010   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kasey View Post
Win 7 can't find my new drive.
I dual boot Win 7 and Ubuntu. Both boot okay on my machine but I want to add a new drive to the two existing ones. Currently Win 7 is on a 320 G Seagate and Ubuntu is on a 500 G Seagate. The new drive is a 1 T WD.
My bios recognizes all drives. Belarc Analyzer also finds the drive and even notes the serial number. But my `Computer `can`t see it and ``add new hardware`` can`t find it.

System-Asrock AOD790gx, PhenomII x4 955, 4 G`s mem, 600w Psu.

Hi and welcome


Was the drive formatted, partitioned and givin a drive letter?
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15 Jan 2010   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Go to Computer Management > Disk Management

See if it is there. It probably needs initialized & formatted.


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16 Jan 2010   #5

windows 7/Ubuntu
 
 
Thanks to all

I had to figure out how to initialize the disk and format it. On my earlier attempts I tried "my computer and add a device but couldn't see the drive. Coming from XP I was not familiar with some of the terms or acronyms, but everything is okay now.
Funny how 1 T becomes only 931 G's.
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16 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kasey View Post
I had to figure out how to initialize the disk and format it. On my earlier attempts I tried "my computer and add a device but couldn't see the drive. Coming from XP I was not familiar with some of the terms or acronyms, but everything is okay now.
Funny how 1 T becomes only 931 G's.
Its still 1TB,just windows uses a different counting method per say.

They count 1GB as 1024mb where the manufactor uses 1000mb per 1TB
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16 Jan 2010   #7

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kasey View Post
I had to figure out how to initialize the disk and format it. On my earlier attempts I tried "my computer and add a device but couldn't see the drive. Coming from XP I was not familiar with some of the terms or acronyms, but everything is okay now.
Funny how 1 T becomes only 931 G's.
Glad everything is working now


" Doc "
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16 Jan 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kasey View Post
I had to figure out how to initialize the disk and format it. On my earlier attempts I tried "my computer and add a device but couldn't see the drive. Coming from XP I was not familiar with some of the terms or acronyms, but everything is okay now.
Funny how 1 T becomes only 931 G's.
1TB in decimal and 931GB in binary is the same. It is just another "currency".
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