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I have been looking around for info on how to fix this but I can't find anything relevant. I am trying to put in a new hard drive but it isn't showing up anywhere. I am using XP right now but I want to use the second HDD to install windows 7 on but I can't even get it to show up in XP. What can I do to make it show up?

I connected both power cables and both SATA wires so I don't think it is a wiring problem.
 

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Does the new HDD showup in Computer Management ??
Right Click Computer >> Manage >> Disc Management.
It might need initialized.
Make sure you install W7 with only one drive installed.

The W7 install should have found it if it was the only drive installed.
 

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Does the new HDD showup in Computer Management ??
Right Click Computer >> Manage >> Disc Management.
It might need initialized.
Make sure you install W7 with only one drive installed.

The W7 install should have found it if it was the only drive installed.
No, it isn't showing up there.

I can't even seem to install W7 right now because it just says starting windows and then it just sits there at this screen with the cursor.
 

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Ok, I was able to install windows 7 on the second hard drive. The 1st HDD shows up on XP and the second on W7. Can I use an external HDD to transfer data from one hard drive to the other?
 

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If you have both Drives installed ... Just copy the Data from one to the other.
Why move the Data to the external .. Then to the other Drive ??
You don't have to boot to the drive to read it.
 

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If you are planning to copy Program Files to the new hard drive, you will have to install the program to that drive for it to work. If just copying Data files such as Document, pictures music and Video files you would have no problem just copying them.
 

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This statement led me to believe that you had both drives working.

Ok, I was able to install windows 7 on the second hard drive. The 1st HDD shows up on XP and the second on W7. Can I use an external HDD to transfer data from one hard drive to the other?
 

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Both drives are working but I can't just drag files from one drive across to the other one. From some reason while I am in W7 I can only see the second hard drive showing up.
 

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Something is wrong here. Post a screenshot of disk management. [Start>run and type in "diskmgmt.msc" without quotes]

Note win7 does not show the run command by default. You need to select that in taskbar properties.
 

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One other item. Both of these drives are connected to the same controller correct? Some mb will have two different sata controllers.
 

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Alright, I fixed the problem. I went back in to check the wires again and the one must not have been in all the way because I pushed it in further and it works now.

Now I just need to know how to choose which OS to boot. I know how to do it when it boots in XP but not when it boots in W7.
 

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By default it should boot to the first OS if finds as determined by which SATA port the OS (HDD) is plugged into ..
SATA0 .. SATA1 . .etc.. this is setup in the Bios

There's usually a key you can tap during boot-up to enter a boot loader where you can choose who to boot from.
In a HP .. It's the esc key
In a Dell .. I think it's the Del Key

Who's the manufacturer of your Computer ??
 

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By default it should boot to the first OS if finds as determined by which SATA port the OS (HDD) is plugged into ..
SATA0 .. SATA1 . .etc.. this is setup in the Bios

There's usually a key you can tap during boot-up to enter a boot loader where you can choose who to boot from.
In a HP .. It's the esc key
In a Dell .. I think it's the Del Key

Who's the manufacturer of your Computer ??
I put it together myself. It has a foxconn motherboard if that helps.
 

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I think it depends on the Bios ... If you know the brand of Bios .. maybe Google would know the Key.
I'd try the Esc .. or Del Key .. and see what happens
 
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