You'll need to format it before you can use it, but before you do that you
first have to create a volume on it. Until you do, it will not appear in
Windows Explorer. To create a volume, right click the drive in Disk Manager,
you will see the option there.
By the way, you can have two IDE devices per cable, and two IDE connections
on the motherboard, or a total of 4 devices. Additional drives, whether
optical or hard drive, would require an add-on controller card or sata
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"LD" <ldavies@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I installed a secondary HDD in my wife's Vista Premium PC. It 'installed"
> and drivers installed and Vista "says" your new HDD is ready to use.
> However, in Computer/Explorer there is NO 2nd HDD and I couldnt "use
> I took it down to local computer shop. They investigated and told me that
> the motherboard would only recognise 2 IDE devices (the first HDD and the
> DVD Burner). They suggested that they replace the DVD Burner with an ATAPI
> device (?) which I did OK and that then the 2nd IDE HDD would be
> Now I DID rush them, and I didnt actually see it working, but paying for
> it, I left the shop and came home with the PC.
> Of course, the 2nd HDD is STILL not visible/usable in any way.
> When I right click on My Computer and go "Manage" and go thru to Disk
> Management, the 2nd HDD IS VISIBLE. I thought I may have to Format it. BUT
> clicking on this brings up an error message that Disk Management has
> failed and to restart your computer. I do, no help......
> ...and EVERY tiem I DO restart the computer the SYSTEM has changed screen
> comes up 2 times:
> 1st.time ....Found a new HDD (the original, first HDD) hit F1 to accept
> 2nd time... Found new HDD (NEW 250GB one) and LiteOn DVD Burner hit F1
> to accept changes
> then correctly thru to normal Vista boot/login...
> This is EVERY TIME I start PC....
> Any thoughts/advice would be greatly GREATLY welcomed.