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my new hdd doesn't show in explorer

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I have installed a new hdd and it won't show up in explorer - I have no access to it.
When a run setup it tells me that the new hdd is there and when I check in the Controlpanel (or what it's called in the English version... :-)) it's there but it doesn't have a letter asigned to it.
I have a primary master hdd as c: before and a secondary master cd-rw as d: and a secondary slave cd-rom as e:, my new hdd is set as primary slave.
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In order for the computer to be seen withing Windows Explorer it needs to have a primary partition on it.  You can run FDISK from within windows in order to partition the drive.   Click on the start button and click run and then type in FDISK.  Be very careful in FDISK because if you do it wrong you could wipe out the partition on your primary harddrive and loose data.  Once in FDISK choose option 5 to switch to a different fixed disk. Select your new drive and then select Option 1 from the main menu to create a primary parition.  Once you exist out of FDISK you will need to reboot your computer and then the drive letter for your new drive should come ip in explorer and then you just need to format it by right clicking on it and selecting format.  
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Thanks! Worked out just fine!
But now I've got an other problem I have to work out with the store who sold me the hdd. I bought a 20G hdd and the lable on the hdd says 20G but my computer tells me I've got a 8G hdd... :-(
Oh, I just love my computer today...! ;-)
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Actually this probably isn't a problem with the harddrive itself.  You probably need to update the bios on your computer in order to access the rest of the harddrive.  You would want to check the website of the manufacturer of your computer or call their technical support to get a bios upgrade.  Alternatively, you could try creating an extended partition for the remaining space on the drive with multiple logical paritions.  This is all done through FDISK and should give you the rest of the space, but will break up the drive into multiple drive letters.
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by:Freson
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OK, that sounds great! The (small) problem is that I've got a noname computer so I'm not sure where to look for a update... But I'll try to figure that out somehow...! :-)
I have also just tried doing what you suggested with fdisk but it didn't work - I wasn't allowed to create a extended partition. :-(
Great thanks for the help so far!
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If you have a dificult time finding an upgrade for your specific bios there is a company called Mr. BIOS which has custom BIOS's that will upgrade most models.  You can check them out at http://www.mrbios.com , I'm not sure how much they cost and how easy it is to upgrade though.



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Here is a couple other solutions that Celtic and leew offered in quesion #Q.10298524

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I moay have a solution for you that worked wonders for me.  It is a ISA card that updates the BIOS so it can recognize drives up to 128Gb and is made by Promise Technologies.  The only requirement is an available ISA slot to drop the card into.  No software or patches to load, works with the BIOS.  See web site address : http://www.promise.com/Products/idecards/drivemax.htm 

I bought the card for $14.00 and it made life a lot easier.

Leew
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Similarly, you can go to www.firmware.com and consider purchasing a BIOS upgrade or BIOS upgrade card (which they also carry).  Although both these solutions from MicroFirmware are more expensive than the card celtics recommends. ($40-$80)



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