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Amilo XA2528 HDD2 not showing in My Computer

Postby envoy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:27 am

Hi!
First time for me here.
I tried to look for the answer in the forums, but could not really find someone with the same problem.
I just installed a second HDD on my XA 2528 and it does not show up in the My Computer list and I cannot save anything to it. I get the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and it's there in the "device manager", the drivers are up to date.
I probably must have missed something simple, but I cannot figure it out.
I'm running Win Vista and the HDD is a WD 250GB, 7200 RPM, 16MB. The first HDD isa also a WD with more storage place but slower.

Thanks for any help in advance!

EDIT: I checked in BIOS and both drives show up. But I noticed one weird thing - I had only about 66 GB (of overall 148 GB) left on my main HDD (C:). Now it shows 83 GB (still of 148 GB)! :shock:
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Re: Amilo XA2528 HDD2 not showing in My Computer

Postby hikaru » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:29 pm

Is the new HDD formatted correctly?

The discrepancy on the first HDD has multiple reasons:
1. If you didn't format it yet there is a recovery partition on it that probably takes 30GBs.
2. If Windows is set up to make snapshots for safety reasons these will use some space.
3. The Windows swap file surely takes some GBs.
4. Depending on the average size of the files on your HDD there might be a noticeable difference between their cumulated size and the space they use.
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Re: Amilo XA2528 HDD2 not showing in My Computer

Postby envoy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:48 pm

hikaru wrote:Is the new HDD formatted correctly?

The discrepancy on the first HDD has multiple reasons:
1. If you didn't format it yet there is a recovery partition on it that probably takes 30GBs.
2. If Windows is set up to make snapshots for safety reasons these will use some space.
3. The Windows swap file surely takes some GBs.
4. Depending on the average size of the files on your HDD there might be a noticeable difference between their cumulated size and the space they use.


Thanks for the reply, hikaru!
I still don't know what happened to the first HDD. It still shows more than 80GB of free space instead of 65GB as before. It is divided it two partitions C: and D: (actually three, but the one is invisible. i guess it's for the OS and drivers, sice I did not get a Windows disc with the laptop). I had it for 2 years now and this never happened.

The problem with the HDD 2 seems to be solved. I hope... It's still formatting right now, but that's all that had to be done. Nothing to do with the computer itself, but with Windows Vista, as usual :lol:
Found the answer here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/usin ... mspx#step8

If anyone gets the same problem, here are two additional tips:
1. in the picture where you see Disk 1 and Disk 2, Disk 2 will most probably show as 'Not Initailized' instead of 'online'. To change that, right click on the field where it says "Not Initialized" and select "Initialize".
2. To format, right click on the field where it says "Unallocated" and choose the very first option (sorry, forgot what it was exactly :) ) and just click next, next, next to give it a letter (F: for instance), a name if you like, and format it to NTFS.

Voila! :)
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