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    I installed a second harddrive in my XPS M1730 notebook, I see the drive in the BIOS and also when I go to device manager I can see it in there but not in my computer so I can't access it, any suggestions?

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    Default Re: can't see 2nd harddrive in windows XPS M1730

    reFormat the 2nd HD
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    Yup, reformat it and you'll be all set, just use all the default settings (4092 allocation unit, etc) and you'll be good to go.
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    Default Re: can't see 2nd harddrive in windows XPS M1730

    If I can't see it in my computer how can I format the drive? I go to the properties of the drive under device manager but it doesn't give me tha option.

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    Default Re: can't see 2nd harddrive in windows XPS M1730

    Oh sorry about that. You have to activate your drive first.

    Open up "Disk Management" in Windows Vista. Its under the Control Panel.

    You will see the second drive of yours. Right click on it and click "Activate" or something along those lines. You might be able to use it right then and there, if not, just reformat it as it will show up after you enable it.
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    Default Re: can't see 2nd harddrive in windows XPS M1730

    Quote Originally Posted by Forte View Post
    Oh sorry about that. You have to activate your drive first.

    Open up "Disk Management" in Windows Vista. Its under the Control Panel.

    You will see the second drive of yours. Right click on it and click "Activate" or something along those lines. You might be able to use it right then and there, if not, just reformat it as it will show up after you enable it.
    Thanks it is formatting the drive now.

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    Teriffic! Happy to help.
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    thanks Forte your instructions were good the drive is working good

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    Default Re: can't see 2nd harddrive in windows XPS M1730

    Weren't your harddrives just set up in RAID 0 (so the only HD you could see was about twice the size of a normal one)? In that case it was normal (and slightly faster). I know that in some countries (like the netherlands) Dell delivers the M1730 with RAID 0 set up.
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    Default Re: can't see 2nd harddrive in windows XPS M1730

    Quote Originally Posted by Hmtsjmftsch View Post
    Weren't your harddrives just set up in RAID 0 (so the only HD you could see was about twice the size of a normal one)? In that case it was normal (and slightly faster). I know that in some countries (like the netherlands) Dell delivers the M1730 with RAID 0 set up.
    I only had one harddrive in mine when I purchased it, I ordered and installed a 2nd harddrive

 

 

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