Windows XP doesn't recognize new external oxford ide 60GB disk

i have a older computer so i had to get a interface card (dv home pro by swann) to plug into motherboard (white) to plug fire wire into. the disk shows up on "system information" but not on "my computer". i know it needs to be formatted because the guy i bought it from used it on a mac. the "system info" shows it as a oxford ide  "ieee 1394 sbp2 device" there are no jumpers on the external drive. help please!!!

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first update the mothboard drivers/ interface card drivers and all.
check if that works.
Go to Administrative Tools\Computer Management\Storage\Disk Management and see if the disk is there or not. new disk should be 1.
blues411Author Commented:
yes under disk management it says disk1 unknown 57.26gbGB then to the right of that it says "57.26GB unallocated"
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Use the Convert Disk Wizard to make sure you
get a signature written to the new drive.
Create an extended partition and format a
logical drive in it.
blues411Author Commented:
i cannot find "convert disk wizard" also not sure how to "Create an extended partition and format a logical drive in it." sorry I'm new to all this... but your help is MUCH appreciated!!!!
The Convert Disk Wizard should come up when you click Disk Management.

In the control panel there should be a button, marked Classic or something along those lines.
Click on it and try again.

If that doesn't work, go to help, and search for Convert Disk Wizard . There may be a direct
link to bring it up.

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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
All you need to do is go  back to the Disk Managment page, where it says Disk 1 Unknown blah blah......then on the right how it says "57.26GB unallocated"
To create a new partition, right-click on the unallocated space where you want to create the partition, and then click New Partition.  Click the type of partition that you want to create and specify the size.
Then right click on the new partition you created and select format, and format the drive.  You should be all set.  If not, refer to this website direct from Microsoft, on how to setup new hard drives etc.

blues411Author Commented:
incredible!! you guys are life savers!! i got it formated as disk 1 and i assigned it drive (f)....right???it is ntfs and the first one is fat32, is that OK?  now the last thing is that i tried downloading a 200MB file (i had only 60MB left on primary drive) but it did not automatically start writing to the new one. do i need to do some other procedure?

thanks again!!!
When you download a file, you need to Save As and specify where you want to save the file, unless you're using some third-party downloader that defaults to a specific location.
WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Yup as callandor says when you "Download" a file you will need to use the Save As feature and specify the new hard drive.  I would also suggest (if you really truely only have 60mb on your main drive or the drive with the OS on it) cleaning some things out....some programs you dont use anymore use the add remove and remove them if you are sure you dont need them.  If you have MP3's or pictures or movies.....maybe move them to the new drive.  Be careful in moving and deleting things.  If you are not sure what you are moving or deleting, don't do it.  You could cause damage to the software.

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