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    3 Hard Drives, 1 Major headache

    Ok, i just bought a WD 120 gig HD, this would be my third harddrive, so I ran out of IDE slots. Thankfully, the second Hard Drive I bought came with a PCI card that gave me 2 IDE cable-slots. I took out my modem (who needs 'em anyway), and plugged in my Maxtor 133 PCI controller, then plugged in my WD 120 gig. Well, at first i tried using WD's Lifeguard software, but it didnt' recoginize my OS (XP) on my original HD (WD 40 gig...) and it tried coppying my original HD onto itself. So, with a blistering pace of 66megs/min copying speed, it would have taken me 8 hrs to transfer 30 gigs (i have 8 free on that drive). So i cancelled that. Restarted, went straight into the BIOS, didn't do anything (Dont save and continue), and it put me into XP...with teh HD that Lifregaurd didnt' recognize. So, here I am, with my 40 gig running XP, my computer recognizes my 120 gig through the Maxtor PCI, but i cna't access it. (it's in my hardware, but not in the Hard Drive section of My Computer). And, my computer has 'lost' my 80 gig Maxtor harddrive....which i really liked
    plz help

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    St Louis, MO, USA
    First, how do you have these connected?

    Primary master = 40G ?
    Primary slave = ?
    Secondary master & slave?

    And how was it before, when everything worked & the 80G showed up properly?

    Do all drives show up in fdisk?

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    Primary: 40 gig, IDE through Mobo
    Primary Slave: 80 gig, through Mobo
    Secondary Master: 120 gig, through Maxtor PCI card

    Everything was fine (40 and 80 worked) 'till i tried installing the PCI card w/ the 120 gig (No need for the PCI card 'till now)

    Fdisk? what's that (sorry)

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    Cumberland MD
    If you check your motherboard you should have 2 IDE connectors, each able to support 2 devices for a total of four. Assuming that your CD-ROM drive uses one that leaves you with three IDE ID’s so you should not even need that PCI card.

    Remove the new HD and boot it up. Record the drive letters for each device. This is important because when you add an IDE device the drive letter assignments can change and if that happens some programs, shortcuts etc, will not work right or in a worst case the OS will not even boot.

    Check the HD that is your boot disk, and set the jumper to master if it not already. If the second HD is on that cable then leave them alone. Check the CD-ROM, that is usually on its own cable, check the jumper settings and set it to slave. Add the new disk to that cable and make sure it is set to master.

    Once you have done that boot into your BIOS and make sure all devices are properly recognized. If not check the jumper settings and make sure your power and signal cables are properly seated.

    Boot up normally and you should see that the boot disk, the old hard drive, and the CD-ROM drive assignments have not changed and you can see the new hard disk in device manager. You must partition and format the new disk before you can use it. If you are running Win 2k or XP you can do that within the OS. Log on using an administrative account and right click the “My Computer” icon. Select Manage and in the left pane under storage select disk management. You will be able to partition and format it from there.

    If you are using Win ME, 98 or other 16 bit OS, then make a boot floppy if you do not have one and copy fdisk to it. Boot off the floppy and run fdisk. You will be able to partition and format the disk there.

    Be careful with disk utilities, you could format your boot disk and that would be a bad thing.

    Good Luck.

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    herura's dead-on, especially about the drive letter assignments changing - in my experience, adding a drive to an existing system has invariably wreaked havoc unless the system was set up for it from the get-go.

    fdisk is the MS-DOS (command line) utility used to prepare a hard disk for usage. It's used to create partitions and logical drives.

    After that's done, the drive will have to be formatted - with a 120 gig, that'll take quite a while!

    A new drive has to be partitioned & formatted before the operating system can use it.

    The WD util you tried might be the way to go if this is all new to you. It's doing all this before it ever copies a thing, which is why it seems like it's taking so long.
    Frankly, "set it and forget it" for 8 hrs doesn't sound bad at all...

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