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Windows 7: New harddrive not recognized - help!

19 Oct 2009   #1

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New harddrive not recognized - help!

Hi folks,

I bought a new WD scorpio blue for my hp laptop. backed up all the data on my old hard drive, removed it, and put the new hard drive in. windows is not seeing it, and i'm not sure the bios is either. please help! i'd like to use the new harddrive (bigger capacity) instead of the old, but i don't understand how to have the system know the harddrive is there.

the laptop is an hp compaq 8510w. i had win7 running it on for about 4 months. the new harddrive is the western digital blue scorpio 500gb.

Thanks for any help,

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19 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

First, is it the same drive type (SATA or IDE)? Then assuming it is compatible, do you have the appropriate ports enabled in the BIOS? Can you tell if the drive is powering up? Do you have the latest BIOS installed on the laptop?
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