i just bought a new 180 gig hard drive. when i boot up, the drive is detected ok. device manager says drive is working ok. just not appearing in my computer for some reason. oh, i'm running windows xp pro. anyone offer any advice?
If your using XP then right click on your "My Computer" select manage then disk management.
Right click on the right-hand pane of the new drive and choose "Partition" select the whole of the drive or divide as you wish. now select format. It will take quite some time to format, maybe an hour but this will be a thorough format. You can choose quick format, this will take only seconds. Once you have done this your new drive will show in "My Computer" and be ready for use.