2nd Hard Drive added

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I have added a 120GB WD hard drive to a Dell Dimension computer.  The drive was recognized through Plug n Play, and is seen in Device Manager.  It says "the device is working properly".  However, it is not present as a drive in "My computer".  Also, putting in a bootable floppy, I do see the drive in FDISK, under "Change Current Fixed Disk Drive".  Although, it shows a size of only 49000MB.  Any advice would be greatly appreicated.
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Most likely you have not PARTITIONED and/or FORMATTED the drive.

1) If Win95/98/ME, run FDISK and create a partition.  In order to even potentially get the max. drive size you must use FAT32.  Once FDISK is finished, FORMAT the drive.

2) If Win2000/XP, open the DISK MANAGER in the Computer Management control panel.  Select the unallocated space on the drive there and tell it to create a partition.  I suggest NTFS.  After that, FORMAT the partition.

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Hallo  dmurph88

Are you sure that your bios recognized this HDD properly? Check your bios if it can handle such a big HDD..

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Yes,, Luxana is right. Check with the manufacturer for a 120GB support. Maybe the BIOS is not properly recognizing the hard drive. Also, try using the latest version of fdisk. older  version of fdisk that came with Windows 98 may not recognize this hard drive. It is better to use the disk manager that came with the hard drive.

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Also  have a look an HDD jupers. There should by option like from 120GB make just 32GB and see if it works.

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Too bad you "experts" can't read the question:

"The drive was recognized through Plug n Play, and is seen in Device Manager"

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Thank you all.  The first comment from jhance did the trick.  (easy on the sarcasm in comment 2, jhance....they are just trying to help)

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It's well deserved sarcasm!  In order to be an effective expert you MUST read the question....  It's not useful to lead someone down a proverbial "rathole" chasing things that CANNOT be the solution.  If these experts persist in this, they serve only to confuse users rather than help.

The #1 rule for an expert is to read the question and ask for clarification if it is ambiguous...

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Start~Run~diskmgmt.msc
Right click the appropriate drive, select create partition.

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