Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?Basically no matter which 2nd hard drive I connect to my machine I cannot get it to be recognised - well not properly. I can see it in device manager under disk drives, but not in windows explorer or computer management. I have tried rescanning disks, rebooted 100 times still no 2nd hdd. Obviously the jumpers are correct and the hdd is connected properly otherwise it wouldn't appear in device manager.
Have you tried scrolling down in the lower section of the screen in Disk Management. If the 2nd hard drive hasn't yet been formatted you should see an entry with Unformatted next to it. It will not show in the upper section until the drive is formatted. You will also need to allocate it a drive letter. Right click on the new drive to format and give it a drive letter.
Is the IDE channel for your second hard drive set to auto detect?
In device manager expand "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers". If your 2nd h/d is set up as slave to your main h/d, open properties on your "Primary IDE channel", "Advanced Settings", and see if "Device 1" is set to Auto Detect.
If you 2nd hard drive has its own channel just look in the properties for the "Secondary IDE Channel".
both were set to auto detect. I was writing this post and I got a kernal_stack_inpage_error tried to reboot got "system boot failure". Rebooted with boot disk and eventually got a message saying it couldn't find any hard drived,rebooted fine (brought up my icons etc). Then got a process or thread crucial to system operation had unexpectadly terminated. Rebooted then got primary master hard disk fail, rebooted got "unhandled exception". Now only 1 drive is showing in devive manager
I then decided to do a system restore back to 10th June all looked ok apart from getting "unhandled exception" again.