Internal hard drive

  Maughan 16:13 31 Jan 2006


I have a spare 40GB hard drive (taken from my Sky+ box, which I upgraded to 160GB).

I want to use the 40GB disk as a second hard drive in my PC but the PC will not recognise it and/or let me format it. (Please assume for these purposes that all connections have been made properly, because I am confident that I have done so.)

How can I best make the PC recognise it and format it?!

My plan is to use the hard drive simply as a back-up disk for the documents and settings on the current hard drive (in conjunction with and/or instead of back-ups to DVD). Once formatted etc, will I be able to use it simply by dragging and dropping onto the new drive letter and/or by using a back-up utility?

Thank you!


  Gongoozler 16:16 31 Jan 2006

Has the drive been recognised in the BIOS? You may need to set the Primary Slave to Auto in BIOS.

  Diemmess 17:05 31 Jan 2006

The jumper settings on the HD itself just might conflict. Try either Slave, or in some instances CSL rather than Master.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:39 31 Jan 2006

Hard disk checks before you condemn it
click here

This is for seagate drives but is relevant to all IDE drives, use the first part to check if it is seen in BIOS

  Maughan 23:34 31 Jan 2006

Some great responses - thank you all very much!

(This forum is a great resource)

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