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How do I get Windows XP to recognize a second SATA hard drive?

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How do I get Windows XP to recognize a second SATA hard drive?  I've got one installed already, and the BIOS seems to recognize it, but in Windows Explorer all I see is my main drive (C), my DVD burner (D), and two USB drives (E & F).  No second SATA drive.

What do I have to do to get the OS to recognize it?  The drive is a Western Digital 7200 250GB SATA drive.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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You need to partition and format it before windows will assign it a drive letter, to do that right click my computer and go to manage, in the computer managment window click disk managment, the new disk should show up (most likely as disk 1), it should show as unallocated space, right click on the unallocated space and create a partition, once the partition is created it will be given a drive letter, but before you can use it you will need to format it.
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