vista sort of not recognizing 2nd SATA HDD

Steamed Turtle

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I recently replaced my secondary hard drive (which was IDE) with a Western Digital SATA hard drive. BIOS recognizes the drive; the device manager recognizes it. Under status (in device manager) it is listed as 'not initialized.' Obviously the drive isn't showing up in my computer and is not usable.

I've dicked around with some things but I haven't been able to get it to work correctly. Any thoughts?
 

Ravynmagi

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Right click on Computer (from Explorer or START menu) and select Manage.
Go to Disk Management.
Immediately I think you'll get a window that says a drive was found that is not initialized and will ask you if you want to initialize it. Say yes.
You can then right click on the drive and create a partition and format it.
 

Xenozx

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Right click on Computer (from Explorer or START menu) and select Manage.
Go to Disk Management.
Immediately I think you'll get a window that says a drive was found that is not initialized and will ask you if you want to initialize it. Say yes.
You can then right click on the drive and create a partition and format it.

ya, this should do it or manually

open Control panel / administrative Tools / Computer Management / Storage

if it doesnt show the window mentioned above, you should see all your HD's there, and one will be black instead of blue, that is most likely your uninitialized disk, adn then you can right click on it, and choose initialize.
 
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