I am trying to install a bigger HDD (160GB) to an old machine and set it as Master. The machine currently has a 10GB HDD and is crammed.
When I initially installed the HDD as a slave XP recognised its existence and showed the New Hardware window with the make and model and off it went with a message - Ready to use. When I go into have a look in Hardware Manager its there okay but I cannot see it anywhere else. Its not showing in My Computer or anywhere. I have it on the same ribbon (middle not end) as the original HDD.
The BIOS is from a 2001 upgrade and the MoBo is a First International Computers AD11. The machine has XP2 S2 on it.
I bought the HDD on eBay and it came without any software etc. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
More than one manufacturer has downloadable floppy sized software to do all this for you.
If the new HD is Western Digital then you can download "Disk copy"from their support site. This has facilities to Format or Partition and even a rudimentary but effective way of copying everything from one disk to the other.
Maxtor has a similar download.
The downloaded file has to be copied to a floppy or a CD and then the computer is booted using that disk and just following the prompts.
Try New Volume, before a disk can be formatted it needs a partition table and I think clicking New Volume will create one (I haven't used Disk Management for a while so I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong).