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Installed a WD Caviar Green SATA internal hard drive in my Gateway PC. The bios doesn't show it, the device mangler doesn't show it. I disable the antivirus software & the UAC as suggested by the many PC forums I researched. This is the 2nd hard drive we've tried. OS is Vista, sp2. Any ideas? MOD-LX6200-01 S/N-PTG060X00184308D522701 AMD PHENOM QUAD CORE 2.2GHZ Thanks, Sallie


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New HDD Not Recognized by Computer
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\015\012This occurs when the HDD is not “Initialized” by the disc management system in Windows. If you do not have software that came with HDD or the HDD is a secondary drive for backup and is not to be used as an initial boot device, then when you installed the drive it did not go through the necessary steps or Windows simply failed to do it’s job. In this case, connect the drive as you normally would, go to the control panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Look in the left Pane, scroll down and click on Disk Management.
\015\012Your drives will be listed here, even if they are not initialized. Look below the top pane and find the disk that is listed without a drive letter. If you look at where the drive is named, it will also say “offline”. Right click in this area that says “offline” and click on “Initialize”. The system will ask a few questions, just click ok to what it asks, this will initialize the disk and you can then partition the new drive to how you want it set up.
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First, in your Bios Configuration also check if the Sata Controller is enabled.

Second important thing is to check the device driver of your computer for the Sata Controller Device.

From the desktop of your computer.
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  1. Click Start
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  3. In the right pane right click Computer
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  5. Choose Properties
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  7. The windows will show the information about your computer, in the left pane click Device Manager
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  9. Check if there is Unknown Device in the list
Third, check the sata cable and the sata power source of your hard drive, try to use and switch to other cables.


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