PC won't format 250GB hard drive

  noiro 01:27 22 Jan 2006

I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

  Totally-braindead 01:36 22 Jan 2006

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

  gudgulf 01:54 22 Jan 2006

From Windows go to Start>My Computer....right click it and select Manage.Now double click on Disk Management.You should see the drive listed as something like raw......right click it and select format(use NTFS for a large drive) and let Windows format the drive.You wont see the new drive in Device Manager or My Computer until it is formatted.

Alternative do as Totally-Braindead suggests and download a tool from the drive manufacturer or use a third party disc manager such as Acronis True Image or Partition Magic to partition and format the drive.

  phono 01:56 22 Jan 2006

You beat me to it.

  noiro 04:11 22 Jan 2006

Thanks much gudgulf, that worked perfectly. It worked in both PCs and now they are ready to rumble.

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