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Hey guys I recently purchase for my brother a (1tb hdd) WD1001fals 41k1b and got it hooked up to his windows XP. However when I go to my computer it doesn't show up. In bios it does show up under the sata and I also have the main IDE hooked up. I'm using the wd1001fals as a slave just for a back up. When I go to device manager it shows however when I try to look under volume tab it and click populate it show that it status : not initialized and partition : not applicable

I try updating the drive however it can't find anything. Do I have to download something? or something in the bios?

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Did you try using your windows CD and formatting through that (Preferably XP) and after formatting restart and change booting from CD-Rom to booting from HDD so it does not start installing windows.. its what I always do. It needs a file system like NTFS to be recognized.
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Also make sure your SATA controller is enabled in the bios and also ensure it is in IDE mode and not in RAID mode. Also ensure it allows you to use both IDE and SATA at the same time and if you can ensure that if IDE1 is used try using SATA 2 in case they run off the same controller.. Just a suggestion. More an older motherboard thing but worth a shot.
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does it show up in the disk manager?

try running diskmgmt.msc if it's there then create a new volume.
    
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You need to format it. New hard drives need to be formatted.

Just go to Computer Management under the Control Panel, then look for Disk Management. Select the appropriate disk and format it. You're good to go after that.
    
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well guys I went to computer man. then to disc man. I seen the 1tb and I had to click on it and initialize it. Now it shows that its online now I believe I have to partition it. If so what do I choose? primary part., extended part. or logical drive? this new hdd is just a back up to remove some stuff from the old drive to the new one.
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844 Assign it a drive letter, you also have to format it.

I can't remember what else I did or how I did it but it's easily fixable don't panic.

EDIT: you shouldn't HAVE to partition it
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Use a primary partition
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Riks View Post
Use a primary partition
so we all agree to go ahead and use primary partition correct?

************************************************** **

Update hey guys yeah by going threw this process it does make me choose a letter file and makes it format so I was going to the right way with this. I just normally install OS but this time its just a back up a little different.

thanks guy for sticking by!
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Yes primary partition. Is it working out for you?
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