Where's my drive.

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northernimage
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I've fitted a new drive into a Sata Caddy, connected it up to the PC which says new hardware found & then new hardware installed & ready to use but I can't find the new drive anywhere on the system - it's not there in My Computer?? I've always used free standing drives & had no trouble in the past, am I missing something obvious??
Any pointers much appreciated..
Cheers,
PJ.

Alan Roberts
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Right-click on My Computer and go to 'Manage'. Then go down to 'Disk Management'. It should give you a list of everything connected, including non-formatted drives and partitions. If the drive isn't in there, I dunno.

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northernimage
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Thanks Alan,
it seems the problem is more serious & after further investigation it appears my drive is knackered to use a technical term - I've tried a known good drive & all is well with that. Thanks for your help.
PJ.

Alan Roberts
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Sounds right to me, I;ve had that happen once, but not with a new drive. A 10-year old 25G drive simply stopped working completely, disappeared from the management list. It's now a door stop (actually, I've opened it to have a look inside, fascinating).

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Dave R Smith
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..just making sure you don't have an expensive doorstop.
Your known good drive will be formatted, so not the best proof of 'knackeration'.
Last few drives I've had are unformatted and assume this is the norm - so they show in the disk management area Alan mentions, but not in explore etc until you click and format, which can take a while these days with big drives.

You say new drive, but is it an existing caddy - not quite clear.
My understanding of how the drive letter system works by default - it normally picks the next letter up available. Depending upon when you connect your other external HD's, you internal caddy may have used the drive letter previously used by the external HD.. if you follow me.. so maybe it's there but you assume it's the usurped drive?

Alan Roberts
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Yep, that's why I mentioned disk management, it's the only way to see what's happening. If the drive doesn't appear in there, it's not been recognised as a drive and there's nothing you can do about it. It's a;lso the place where you can specify the drive letter and so on.

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Arthur.S
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I've had one new drive that didn't show on XP's disk management, but showed in Partition magic software. Formatted with that, and it then showed up in 'My Computer'.