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Hi
Can anybody help me out I have bought a 250Gb SATA Hard drive and a Usb Caddy to fit it in. I have installed it into the caddy using supplied SATA cables.
When i try to open the drive to format it I can't see it alongside the other drives.
It is showing in the BIOS as a usb drive. Also in Device manager as working OK.
I don't know what i'm doing wrong, I've used a different caddy before IDE.
Help much appreciated
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by:Callandor
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Did you try formatting it using disk management?  Right-click on Control Panel->Admin Tools->Computer Mgmt->Disk Mgmt and choose Format, if you can see it in the right panel.
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by:zephyr_hex (Megan)
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go to admin tools->computer management and select disk management.  does it show up there?
if so, try changing the drive letter.  it may have grabbed a drive letter that is already taken by another device.  so change the drive letter to one that you are 100% sure is available.
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by:surajram
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since you bought a new drive it is most probably not partitioned

assuming that you are using windows 2000/xp right click on my comp. and select manage. Select disk manager and partition the drive as per your wish by right clcking in the free space and select new partition and follow the onscreen instructions

if your using win 98/95 you must first install the driver for the caddy and then use fdisk from the dos mode.
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by:Haroldine
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Hi Again
I have found the drive in computer management but with 3 different answers I'm not sure which to do first. If I partion the drive can I use the whole 250Gb or do i have to split it into smaller drives.?
Should i change the drive letter first./ Partition 2nd/ then format?
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Callandor earned 2000 total points
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If you are running WinXP sp1 or later, or Win2K sp2 or later, you can partition it as one; otherwise,.  Create the partition first and then format it, and it should be visible in Windows.
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by:Haroldine
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In The Management box I have just noticed the drive is called disc 3 not initialized.
and is unalocated.
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by:Callandor
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That means you should partition and format it.
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by:Haroldine
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thanks very much for your help.
As Callendor put the most effort into giving me the right solution I am awarding him the points. Thanks to everyone
Haroldine
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