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Window vista or xp is not detecting my third hard drive

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  • Windows Vista
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  • Windows XP
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Last response: in Storage
July 18, 2009 4:00:52 AM

I just put a third hard drive in my computer niether OS is detecting it but my bios is. What needs to be done here and is it something i need to change in my bios.

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July 18, 2009 4:20:59 AM

Hard drives are blank and have to be formatted... before an OS can see them.

July 18, 2009 4:24:24 AM

Duh! I have should of know that. Thank You r-sky.
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July 18, 2009 5:52:01 AM

There are instances when they aren't formatted properly and need a special "Drive Eraser" program. Oddly, none of the hard drive manufacturers provide this.

A drive i had was added as a second hard drive then I decided to use it for Windows. I couldn't use it and reformatting did nothing. After overwriting all data (no format at all) with Drive Eraser I could then format.

Always format in FULL NTFS. Full takes longer but it's building up a bad sector table which you should always do. I believe there should be no quick format option.