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Windows 7: How to configure a SATA to win 7 for data.

25 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
How to configure a SATA to win 7 for data.

Hey There, is there anybody that has the expertise to configure a 320 gig Western digital SATA on a Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit as an Data Drive.I took out the 40 gig IDE that was on the Data end,and replaced it so my wife would have more,Gig space to download more movies and,handle extra information. I went to the BIOS and checked to see if it was activated,I went to the Device Manager to see if the PC was reading it and, it is it says that it'a working properly but the,My Computer wont read it,I'd like to find out how to configure,this device so that you can use it,I have a IDE on my main drive and, wanted to use a SATA on the data drive,since it's more reliable.somebodys help would be appreciated.And on the XP theres a area to go to reformat the disk, on Win 7 I know theres an area you can go to to reformat your hard drive so the computer will read it,when you go to my computer ,will I have to reformat the Sata to NTFS like the rest of the drive's on the PC? I need to learn how to do this because eventually PATA and IDE's will be outdated so got to get with the program. Manbreed AW

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25 Feb 2011   #2



Click the Start Orb then right-click Computer and select 'Manage'. Click Disk Management and you may be faced with a 320GB partition showing as 'Unallocated Space'. If so then just right click the Unallocated Space then select 'New Simple Volume'. This will create the new drive and format it so it's usable by Windows.

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25 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Hey There, I am very grateful for your help, and I got my wife's SATA drive on line,it's working great your the man,and your help will be fruitful when my desktop is reformatted later on with a 500 gig main drive SATA ,and a 160 gig IDE for storage. My wife told me to ask you what to do with her Microsoft Office 2007 to stop it from crashing, when she uses Word document's program,she's in school and she has been having a hard time finishing some of her work,thank's again for your help, Manbreed AW.
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25 Feb 2011   #4


That's good news

I would advise that you start a new thread in Microsoft Office - Windows 7 Forums and give as much detail as possible. This will allow an extra host of users to assist in any issues you have.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the forums
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