So I installed two 7200.10 when I built my new system, on startup, the computer recognizes two 320gb drives, and when I went to install windows it offered me two choices for where to put my OS, but when I boot up windows, there is only a drive C: listed, not the additional drive that I expect. Now I know it has been awhile since I built a computer, but there were no jumpers on these things...hmmm...and I was just looking at the bios screen as the machine booted up next to me, it looks like maybe the two drives it recognizes have the same name, so the same drive? And I thought the one cable you plug in seemed so simple....<sigh> this just has not been my day, OS is crapped out, runs hotter than expected when I can get it to run. Poor, poor new rig.
If it's windows XP, right click on My Computer, click Manage. Go to disk management and you should see your wayward drive in the right hand pane. You should be able to right-click it and format, partition, etc...
While I am asking stupid questions, I cannot for the life of me remember how to make XP recognize more than 127gb...I had to take a really long route to reinstalling XP when my new media center edition didn't work, so the updating process is ongoing, don't have the new box on the internet yet, but is that one of the automatic updates? Or was there more to it?
Hmmm...I did install SP 2, finally got the new rig on the internet so will go through the update process now...I have seen it done before, I just don't remember, one of those things you don't pay attention to. Hmmm..
By the sounds of it ure not running RAID or ne thing like that... so its simple.
Only plug in your PRIMARY OS DRIVE. Install windoze. Shut down, plug in 2nd drive, and all should be well. U may need to tell bios which is the start up drive or u will get a 'file missing' error cos it reads from the wrong drive. Then just format from win and ure done.
And remember ppls, there is no such thing as a stupid question... just stupid people.