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I needed more HD space so I shut down my computer, opened it up, and put in another 320gb hard drive. However, when i turn on the computer, it doesn't recognize it. Did I do something wrong? If not, then I'm assuming the SATA cable I used doesn't work anymore since I salvaged it from an old Dell. Thanks in advance.
    
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Is it recognized in the BIOS?
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Did you connect the power?
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Do you perhaps have another machine you can test that HD in? Perhaps it is like you said, a bad SATA cable. Also, does BIOS not recognize it at all or will it just not boot from it?
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My 2cents.
Something like this happened to me before. I resolved it by realizing I had placed the SATA cable in the wrong port on the MOBO. Furthermore, the original one had to be changed too for both to work correctly.
Try and check your motherboard manual for correct SATA ports.
ALso, upon reconnecting I'd just go directly to BIOS and check for it.
Edited by Mighty Neph - 1/1/11 at 2:41pm
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Is it recognized in the BIOS?
how do I check that?

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Did you connect the power?
Yes

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Do you perhaps have another machine you can test that HD in? Perhaps it is like you said, a bad SATA cable. Also, does BIOS not recognize it at all or will it just not boot from it?
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My 2cents.
Something like this happened to me before. I resolved it by realizing I had placed the SATA cable in the wrong port on the MOBO. Furthermore, the original one had to be changed too for both to work correctly.
Try and check your motherboard manual for correct SATA ports.
ALso, upon reconnecting I'd just go directly to BIOS and check for it.
I just put it in a random one...didn't know it mattered. I'll check the manual now.
Edit: I checked the manual (page 16) and it doesn't say anything about which Serial ATA II connector to use. It numbers them from 1-6 and I already had been using 3 so I put it in the fourth one. Doesn't make a difference.
Edited by ninjaburrito - 1/1/11 at 2:51pm
    
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Is the hard drive formatted? If the hard drive is brand new you need to format it first...
    
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Is the hard drive formatted? If the hard drive is brand new you need to format it first...
It doesn't show up at all in the my computer so I can't format it even if I wanted to. It doesn't appear in the BIOS. I'm assuming the SATA cable is not functioning. I'll just order a new one. Thanks.
    
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It doesn't show up at all in the my computer so I can't format it even if I wanted to. It doesn't appear in the BIOS. I'm assuming the SATA cable is not functioning. I'll just order a new one. Thanks.
Well that was my point. It wouldn't show up in your "My Computer" if it wasn't formatted, you would have to go through Windows Disk Management to see it. But since the BIOS does not show it then yes, it may be the cable. Try turning off your computer and using the SATA from your Windows HDD and plug it into the new HDD, then go into BIOS and see if it is there. If it still does not show up then it is a dead drive.
    
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post #10 of 12
Please list the exact two type of Hard Drives you're attempting to use and whether their going to be in RAID, IDE or ACHI for SSD. And do you have numerous SATA cables?

Also, this is what I'd do right off the bat. I'd connect the main hard drive with the Operating System on it to the first SATA port numerically and boot to windows. Now, once inside windows (and all is good and normal) I'd turn up the sound on the speakers and connect the new hard drive with power and then connect it to to the motherboard and listen to the WINDOWS SOUND that happens when something NEW is installed.
If the port I used didn't make the sound I'd disconnect the second sata drive and try a different port until I heard the WINDOWS SOUND.
Also, an earlier question of yours on how to enter the BIOS- as the pc JUST begins to boot up process hit the DELETE key several times and the BIOS should load for you. Once inside you can sift around looking for Hard Drive settings. Although, Windows7 is great about doing all this automatically if you're using two independent SATA drives of the same IDE sort-which sounds like you are.
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