and the only time it shows up is when i boot up my pc, it detects the HD. when the windows is loaded its nowhere to be found. this is my first Sata drive so maybe im doing something wrong. i tried launching my pc with windows xp disk to see if i can format the drive, but it wont show up this way neither. anyone got any ideas?
yeah do what valis says, or go to google and type in:
WD data lifeguard tools
That will take you to WD's site where you can get their handy dandy drive install and cloning program. You can use it to make a fully bootable backup of your main HD, or just to install it as a dummy 2nd drive. Anyone with a western digital HD should have this software.
hey guys, i wanna thank EVERYONE who came through with feedback but here is what happened.
I FIXED THE PROBLEM AND MY HD WORKS NOW!!!!!!!!!!
my ASUS mobo had a CD that came with it, on it were all the drivers i needed, including the SATA driver. i followed instructions and did exactly what it told me to install the driver, after i did the HD was recognized in the Computer Management only (just like some of you suggested). So i formatted the HD in there (took 2 hours), set a drive letter to it, and now im backing up my files as im typing this. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh i feel so releived, no more thinking of returning this or that i have a bad HD that wont work. SATA's are more complicated but i think they great and should be more user friendly with future windows vista and other software