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new hard disk not recognized, windows xp

so, i recently bought 2x500GB hdd’s, you know, the hitachi ones for $69.97. Great price! When a TigerDirect price ends in .97, then that’s how you know its a killer deal.

Now then, I got those and physically installed them into my computer, but they wouldn’t turn up in file explorer! they didn’t seem to be working.

SO, long story short, the way you get it working is this:

Start->Administrative Tools->Computer Management

IF you DON’T SEE “Administrative Tools” on your start menu, then you might need to add it:

SKIP THIS IF YOU HAVE ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS OPTION..

TO ADD THE ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS ITEM:
Right click your taskbar and pick “Properties”:

You should be here:

Next, click the “Start Menu” TAB, then click the CUSTOMIZE button:

Click the ADVANCED TAB, then SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST and pick “Display on the All Programs Menu and the Start Menu” for the Administrative Tools option.

It’ll now be on your start menu.

CONTINUING ON. . .

Now that you’ve got the computer management dialog open, you should see something like this:

NOTICE the two hard disks that are installed and detected, but not yet “allocated”, and not yet “initialized”? Well, that’s what we have to do here.

All you do is right click one of them, then choose “Initialize Disk…”

You get this dialog, heck just do them both at once:

Then after that you have to create a partition..

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