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yeah thats it. I bought a new 200GB seagate and it shows in device manager and in the bios but not under my computer. does it need to be formatted to show up or something?
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Sata?
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Right-click My Computer and click Manage.
Under Storage, click Disk Management.
Look for probably Disk1 or something that isn't partitioned / formatted. Right-click it and create a partition or format it.
    
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post #4 of 15
Yes it needs to be formatted before it's recognized.
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post #5 of 15
I do believe it does. If your running winXP, I would format as NTFS and then it should show up.

You might try reading this if that doesnt work,

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/

EDIT: Wow, In the 30 seconds it took to type my response and get the link, 3 other people responded. Man you guys move fast.
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post #6 of 15
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yeah sata. i cant find how to partition or format. i did initialize or something and it still doesnt show up.
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post #7 of 15
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can i format without restarting because my 30 days of winxp just expired and i dont feel like calling microsoft. it says it is a mbr partition style.

edit: i think i figured out how to partition. it is at 2%
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post #8 of 15
After you partition, you'll have to restart I believe... (unless since is SATA, should be hot-swappable... never tried partition, unplug, replug, format, so I'm not gonna suggest it...)
    
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I don't think you'll have to restart if you're formatting a drive other than the one xp is being run off of. But if I'm wrong, don't blame me.
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post #10 of 15
*shrug* Only thing to do is try...

Every time I put a new drive in my backup machine I have to restart after Partition though...
    
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