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2nd SATA drive & DVD burner not recognized?

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I just build a new rig about 4 hours ago, specs are in the sig. The HD's that I've decided to get are both Hitachi 160GB SATA drives, and optical drives are a.) Lite-On DVD-ROM and 2.) NEC-3520A DVD-+RW.

 

My Lite-On works just fine, but my NEC doesn't get recognized at all. I've checked the cables and everything is plugged in fine, but it still doesn't add.

 

My first hard drive works and is running XP Pro as we speak [this is what I'm typing this on], and my second hard drive is recognized in the device manager, but doesn't show up in "my computer".

 

Anybody have any ideas on what the reasoning behind this is?

 

Thanks for the help beforehand.

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Ok, well I got the freakin burner to finally work, turns out that just 2 pins in the very corner weren't in all the way because the cable was being pulled too tight, so I just pushed it as hard as I could and now it works.

 

As for the SATA, after I fixed the drive, windows wouldn't go passed "Verifying DMI pool" because I had the SATA on plugs 1 and 3, since I thought maybe plug 2 was bad because it wasn't recognizing my drive. I've put it back into plugs 1 and 2, and it boots back into windows, but it still doesn't recognize the drive.

 

Do you think there is anything that has to do with formatting? When I installed XP Pro, it had me format the first drive and install on it, but it never asked me something about the second drive. I dunno, maybe it has something to do with that?

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By the way, I checked the stats of the HD in the C: properties tab of "Hardware", and it says for that particular hard drive these stats:

 

Disk: Disk 1

Type: Basic

Status: Online

Partition Style: Master Boot Record [MBR]

Capacity: 157065 MB

Unallocated Space: 157065 MB

Reserved Space: 0 MB

 

Any ideas?

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made sure all the ports you are using are turned on in the bios? drives are all recognized in the bios? recognized in the Windows Admin Control Panel - Computer Management section?

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Yeah, its recognized in the BIOS, it shows up in the Device Manager within the Computer Management section, but for some reason I can't get it to be recognized as another hard drive. I'm almost convinced that it has something to do w/ formatting, but christ this one is really stumping me.

 

Come on DFI gurus, help me out! :nod:

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By the way, I checked the stats of the HD in the C: properties tab of "Hardware", and it says for that particular hard drive these stats:

 

Disk: Disk 1

Type: Basic

Status: Online

Partition Style: Master Boot Record [MBR]

Capacity: 157065 MB

Unallocated Space: 157065 MB

Reserved Space: 0 MB

 

Any ideas?

 

Right click on My Computer > Click on Manage > Click on Disk Management under Storage.

 

Can you see the drive listed in the lower right pane? If so you will need to format the drive. That's the reason it shows as Unallocated Space.

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Ok, I did see it in the lower right hand side. All of my drives show up there, my HD's and my opticals. As you stated, it shows up as "unallocated". And as you also said, it would have to be formatted.

 

What would be the easiest way to go about doing this? It took freaking forever to do it during the XP boot up.

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