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I've never done much HDD stuff, so I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to do.
My main HDD is a 500gb WD Black. But, I just bought a 2tb Caviar Green for storage.
When I plugged the Green into the computer and booted, it doesn't show up in My Computer.
Do I need to do any formating to it to show up?
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I think you have to partition them or probably convert them from RAW to NT/FAT File system.

Goto the start orb and type "disk management" in that you can manage all of your drives and partitions.
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Map Downloads, Music, Pictures, Documents, etc to it.

Right click on downloads ore any of the ones I mentioned above
Select Location
Move to a new drive.

Now take all your programs that use those folders and point them there.

Also your drive isn't even formated is why it doesn't show up.

Right click on computer (when you open up the start menu, right clock on computer) and click manage
Go to Storage > Disk Management

A think will come up select boot manager (I think. It is the other option. don't select GUID).
Now select the drive that is freaking huge and right click, select format
Follow the steps and your good to go. For newbs, just click next over and over again till it is done.
Edited by Lord Xeb - 4/21/11 at 11:08am
 
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Check that the drive is connected to the PSU and the sata port (assuming that it is a sata hard drive). Once it is connected then use the windows device manager which can be found in the hardware and sound section of the control panel to locate your hard drive and look for your hard drive under the disk drives section. Then check if it is enabled (turning it on might help ) if it is already enabled then you may just need to right click and update the driver software. Although it says update it can also be used to simply find new drivers for hardware that doesn't have any. If all that doesn't work or the driver updater can't find any drivers then you can always check the manufacturer's website for drivers and software and if the manufacturer doesn't have any downloads then you can always search the model name of the hard drive and then drivers in to Google.

I hope this helps
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post
Map Downloads, Music, Pictures, Documents, etc to it.

Right click on downloads ore any of the ones I mentioned above
Select Location
Move to a new drive.
That's exactly what I did as outlined in this thread:

Moving your Documents/Pictures/Videos folders to storage drive easily

It works fantastic because you can still access them through your same My Documents folder or whatever you have named it.

I keep all my programs and OS on the Raptor and all my music, movies, tv series, pictures, etc on the Samsung F3's in RAID 1. As soon as I build a better external drive I'm going to switch them to a RAID 0 and image the drives once a week for data protection.
Edited by LastBucsfan - 4/21/11 at 1:29pm
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