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Trying to add a used 2nd SATA hard drive


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I recently upgraded my hard drives in my NAS.

I want to add one of the drives I've replaced as a second hard drive in my PC.

The drives in my NAS were in a raid array.

I've added the used 750GB SATA hard drive to the spare bay in the PC and connected all leads.

I'm trying to format the drive but its not appearing in the device manager.

The hard drive is booting on start up & is recognised in BIOS.

Any ideas please?
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I'm trying to format the drive but its not appearing in the device manager.

in device manager or disk management? there's a difference
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I'm trying to format the drive but its not appearing in the device manager.

in device manager or disk management? there's a difference


Hi it was disk management.

I found my external enclosure, so I popped the hard drive in it to see if it would find it.

It didn't at first however I left it for 5mins & it just appeared.

I right clicked on the drive & Im now formatting it in NTFS.

Fingers crossed when I install it again the PC will find it. :)
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The drive is formatted now & will work as an external drive however when I hook it up th the PC it isnt recognised?

Power is getting to it so Im thinking its maybe a bios config issue?

Just now the SATA op is set up as combination, I'm not sure thats right?

Edited by clingon, 13 April 2009 - 10:25 AM.

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Think I'm now half way to an answer./ solution but it doesn't look like this one has an easy fix.

The original SATA HDD was 250GB & working/ booting fine. My ultimate goal was to replace this with 2 spare 750GB SATA HDD's I have.

As I managed to get one of the 750GB formatted & working in an external enclosure, I decided to try clone the working 250GB drive on to the external 750GB HDD using Seagate's Disk Utility.

I then made sure that my Sata operation in BIOS was set to Combination Sata/Pata, before swapping the 250GB for the new cloned 750GB drive.

It worked! :)

Bad news is, I still cant seem to get the PC to recognise the other 750GB HDD when its mounted in bay two, but again I have still been able to mount it & format it in the external enclosure.

It looks like this problem might have opened a can of worms though.....

How to make a HDD bootable on a Dell Desktop Computer

http://techrepublic....h...740&start=0

Dell Dimension SATA Drive Windows Installation

http://aspadvice.com...#commentmessage

Inside the Dell Utility Partition

http://www.goodells....ility/index.htm


I'm not sure if the info in the links above would apply in this case, but if so one fix may be to try clone the partition containing the Dell Utility files on to the second drive & seeing if it boots.

I'm just not sure if
A. it will work?
B. sure how to go about it?

:)

Edited by clingon, 13 April 2009 - 03:41 PM.

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