my computer can't see new second hard drive, HELP

  stu23 18:59 06 Jan 2006


I've just put a new hard drive in my step dads
machine (as it was not loading at all) Installed ok and everything seemed ok. The old hard drive is seen by the comp on boot up, but can't be seen in my computer.

Went into admin tools to see if it showed up, it did, but when i go to intialise it, it wants to format the drive which is not an option (need some of the files)

Any help in how i can get the old files of the drive would be gladly recieved.

Windows xp
NTFS file system, both drives
SATA - non raid setup

Many Thanks


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:04 06 Jan 2006

Access Files
If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro. Try “taking ownership” of the file/folder before it can be accessed. First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick “Use simple file sharing”, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file’s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.

To take ownership of the file (it’s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it.

  woodchip 19:08 06 Jan 2006

Right click "My Computer"\Properties\Manage\Disc Managment. It should show there, yiu need to give it a Letter and Partition Format the drive. It's all there

  stu23 19:08 06 Jan 2006

Thanks for coming back so quick

I'll copy this down and go try it, his comp is about 80 miles away.

well keep you informed, cheers


  stu23 19:14 06 Jan 2006

Just had a quick look on my comp

Using Win XP Home, the option for advanced settings is not there, any ideas ?


  woodchip 19:21 06 Jan 2006

Follow what I posted above

  stu23 20:22 06 Jan 2006

I'll give it a go,

But would that format the drive, removing all the files I need to keep, or am i missing something ?

I'm trying to rescue a load of old family pictures etc, I just can't loose them



  woodchip 20:25 06 Jan 2006

I thought this was a new drive you had fitted, so don't partition or format it.can you see the drive though in the above. If not then first check the BIOS can see the drive, if not then it's a faulty Ribbon cable or faulty drive

  stu23 20:45 06 Jan 2006

Sorry for leading you down the wrong path,

The new hard drive is main drive,with XP home installed ok, no probs.

The old (second drive) HD is seen in the bios, but not by MY COMPUTER.

It does show up in Disc Managment, but when you
try and initialise the drive, it askes you to format or partition the drive.

I'm trying to find a way round this, I can't loose the info.

Thanks for your replys so far, everyone gets me closer to the answer (the force is not guiding me too well , Obi-Wan lied)

  woodchip 20:51 06 Jan 2006

Why not refit as Master and copy info to CD's then format the drive after

  Big Elf 20:53 06 Jan 2006

Maybe because it wasn't loading from the original hard disk when it was set as master?

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