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i'm adding a second 80g hd in xp .. i've got all the way to admin tools>comp management .. it's there as an 80g hd but I can't seem to set partition .. new partition is greyed out?
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Has this HDD been used before if so then choose "Delete Partition"
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it says not intialized next to drive?
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never used .. brand new
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Or Format

if that does not work then give this a try

Boot to the Windows 98 boot disk. www.bootdisk.com

At the DOS prompt, type FDISK and select large hard drive support (answer "Y") and then Delete the non-DOS partition.

Reboot the system to the 98 disk again, but this time and again load Fdisk. Again select large hard drive support.

Create a primary partition and make it active.

then format it after booting back into XP using the Disk Management tool
Start > Run diskmgmt.msc
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>>>never used .. brand new'

Hmmm ok then either use this diagnostic tool to check if the HDD is ok and/or put it in another machine and see if that machine can deal with creating a new partiton

free diagnostic utility from the vendor of your disk to check for problems with the disk.

fujitsu
http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download/hard-drives/#diagnostic

IBM and Hitachi
http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT 

Maxtor/Quantum
http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm

Samsung
http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/utilities/utilities_index.html

Seagate
http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html

Western Digital
http://support.wdc.com/download/
www.westerndigital.com 
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And if the other machine has the same problem then several possiblities exist. But the primary one is that ther is something wrong with the disk and/or you have not set the jumpers on that drive to slave. If you avoid it don't use cable select. Set your main disk jumpers to master and this one to slave
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i was missing something very simple .. it was just a case of right clicking on the drive and intializing b4 proceeding .. thanks for your help :)
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