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Old 04-04-2010, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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MSI P-35 Platinum/ Intel-2.4- Q6600 Quad/ 3.2GB DDR/ WindowsHome 32bit (SP3)

I've spent all day wiping the hard drive,installing Windows Home 32Bit (after having other problems with last O.S.) installed all the MSI Utilites,drivers,software and hardware,then I shut-down,and hooked up my SATA WD 500GB HDD. I looked in the BIOS and it showed both drives..74GB Raptor Sata 5, and WD 500GB Sata 6 in the Bios.

I went to hardware wizard clicked on "already installed hardware" and chose WD500 GB HDD, it said it was working perfectly/

I then went into DEVICE MANAGER and saw the two drives in DISK DRIVES, but when I go into the Windows Explorer Folder and look under MY COMPUTER, all I see is the one 74GB raptor,where all my apps are on. I need this 500GB for storage. I must have a brainfart and too tired to realize if I missed a step in installing this second HDD.

Please Help. Thanks! I don't remember getting an install CD with this HDD.
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how is it formatted?
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Right click on 'My Computer' and select 'Manage'
Click on 'Disk Management' in the left hand pane. A list of all your installed hard drives will pop up, one of them should be the 500Gb drive
Right click on the drive and select 'Initialise' or 'New Partition'
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Well, we all make mistakes....RIGHT?
Disk Management is my friend now and we are going out for drinks later. Thanks to all who replied. I feel like a dope.DOH! I've done it many times when reinstalling windows,but I simply had a temporary lapse of reasoning working on this wipe out, reinstalling windows,hardware,software,drivers all day and forgot to do that important task of formatting,partitioning, and mark it with a assigned letter. YES! Computer Management rocks! My Bad, and sorry for wasting everyone's time.
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no need for apologies.
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