I acquired a computer a while ago from somebody because they crashed it. I then re-installed windows 7 onto it and it works fine now. Although, I physically have 2 500GB HDD and can only access 1 of them from My Computer. I was wondering if there were a way to make this drive accessible as I am nearing critical mass on the 1 I have. I have checked all connections and all cords are plugged in. It just does not read the second HDD as ANYTHING. Could somebody please help me activate it?
Also make sure the 2 drives were not configured as a RAID 0/1 pair, because that would allow you to see only one drive. Many two bay Laptops allow this feature in the BIOS. Desktop PCs would require a RAID Controller Card.
One other thing you could try to test the second HDD would be to shutdown the PC and Boot of of only the Drive in question by removing the functional one. The BIOS would then tell you whether the drive is defective or not. Also, as previously mentioned, if the HDDs are IDE, check the Jumpers before testing the inoperative drive.
Could you find this second drive in "Disk Management"?
If you could find it there, you could format it and assign a new letter to it for activating it.
(Add a new letter for it: Right click it to select "Change Drive Letter & Paths" in "Disk Management"=> Click “Add” to change a letter=> “OK”)
Ok so my Bios says it exists but it doesn't have any capacity. It is a desktop computer, and I have restarted the computer with the working drive unplugged and I get an error. Could you walk me through initializing the drive from Disk Management. ( I don't know where it is.)
I've gone into my Disk Management and it says "Disk 0...Unknown...Not Initialized". I then right click on it to initialize it and i got a message saying " The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."
The fact that BIOS is reporting a capacity of 0 would suggest that the drive has a physical problem. Certain Seagate models have a simple fix for "0 LBA" problems. What is the model number? Is it a 7200.11?