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MoMetal

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So I just finished putting together my first computer myself :) It starts up fine, all the fans work, os went without a hitch, all seems right in the world but then I checked my storage space. I put in two hard drives, a Western Digital 160 and a Western digital 500. They both show up in the BIOS screen however the 500 is nowhere to be seen once the comp is up and running. I can assume I'm just forgetting to do something stupid and simple but I would appreciate any type of direction I could follow to resolve this. Thanks


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Did you install the OS on the 160GB? If so, does that mean the 500GB is currently empty? If it is then you have to format it.

Go Start -> Run -> enter "compmgmt.msc" (without the "")
then expand Storage in the console tree and click the Disk Management
right click on your 500GB harddrive (it'll be something like 450GB and will say its an unallocated space)
then format/partition it

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Edited by kamille316, 01 August 2008 - 09:39 AM.

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That would most likely be the issue. Now my only issue is I'm now a vista user :) (for better or worse) and I'm having a bit of an issue finding all the old buttons on the new dashboard. Is the command the same with vista?

Also just noticed I have the 160 as slave and the 500 as master. Does this matter or do I need to switch them?

Edited by MoMetal, 01 August 2008 - 10:34 AM.

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That would most likely be the issue. Now my only issue is I'm now a vista user :) (for better or worse) and I'm having a bit of an issue finding all the old buttons on the new dashboard. Is the command the same with vista?


Should be. There's no RUN command, obviously. Just the blank at the bottom of the "Start" type menu, where you'd type it in. Otherwise, Kamille's got you covered. The Control Panel/Administrative Tools aren't all that radically changed.

Also just noticed I have the 160 as slave and the 500 as master. Does this matter or do I need to switch them?

You should be OK. Short answer: Windows has a file that runs during startup to ID which exact drive has the bootable partition. It should have you covered already.

EDIT: corrected typos.

Edited by O/Siris, 01 August 2008 - 10:47 AM.

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That would most likely be the issue. Now my only issue is I'm now a vista user :) (for better or worse) and I'm having a bit of an issue finding all the old buttons on the new dashboard. Is the command the same with vista?


Should be. There's no RUN command, obviously.


Yes there is, it's not shown by default.
Hold down the Windows key on the keyboard and press R, or you can customise the menu to add it back.
The search icon on the Vista Start menu does more or less the same job (though it'll search for what you type before doing it) but you can also use it for elevating programs to Administrator status which you can't do through the traditional Run box.
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Everything's working smoothly now. I appreciate all the help. :)

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Should be. There's no RUN command, obviously.


Yes there is, it's not shown by default.
Hold down the Windows key on the keyboard and press R, or you can customise the menu to add it back.
The search icon on the Vista Start menu does more or less the same job (though it'll search for what you type before doing it) but you can also use it for elevating programs to Administrator status which you can't do through the traditional Run box.

I generally don't bother with it. As you mentioned, the search box does everything the Run box did and more. No reason for it, IMO.

The OP is up and running, though. That's the important point.
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