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Install or remove a hard disk drive
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Installing a new hard disk is one of the most common upgrade tasks. Its an easy way to extend the life of a computer that is running out of storage space. When you install a new internal or external hard disk, you can boost your total disk space several times over because hard disks are much bigger today than just two or three years ago .
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Cannot Format Hard Disk

So my hard drive would show in up bios but wouldn't show up in the windows 7 disk selection screen even after loading the drivers numerous times. I tried to format it in my brothers working computer, it said it could not format the disk. I tried to install xp, it recognized the hard disk, but again I couldn't format. I tried to boot the GParted Live and delete/create some partitions, the disk doesn't even find my hard drive.
My question is: Is this a semi-common problem or do I have a faulty hard drive?

Hard disks appear in "safely remove hardware and eject media" on taskbar

I built a computer using an Intel INTEL-DP35DP motherboard with a Core 2 Duo CPU and two hard disks. I did a new install of Windows 7 on the computer. Everything works fine except for one disturbing glitch.

When I have a USB thumb drive attached and am done with it, I click on the Taskbar Icon to "safely remove hardware and eject media" and not only does the thumb drive appear, but so do the two installed hard disks.

This happens every time I click that icon, even when no thumb drive is attached. The two hard drives also appear in Devices and Printers in the Control panel, as does the DVD drive, which is not normal.

I am afraid I will someday "remove" a hard disk by accident.

Installing new hardware

You can install most hardware or mobile devices just by plugging them into your computer. Windows will automatically install the appropriate driver if it's available. If it's not, Windows will prompt you to insert a software disc that may have come with your hardware device.
Learn : Install a USB device; Install a printer; What to do when a device isn't installed properly; Install, view, and manage your devices and printers; Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware; Install or remove a sound card; Install or remove a hard disk drive; How can I decide which drivers are safe to install?

Problem Upgrading to a Larger Hard Drive

I have Windows 7 and I just upgraded to a larger hard drive. I cloned the old hard drive onto the new hard drive. My problem is that windows 7 sees the size of the new larger hard drive as being the same as the old small hard drive. This seems to be caused by cloning the old drive's partition information. There is only one partition on the drive, meaning the whole drive is C. In Disk Management the "Format->Extend Volume" is grayed out. How can I make Windows 7 check the true size of the new hard drive and change the partition information to show the full drive size?

Hard Drive Basics

The Hard Drive on your computer is where all your files are stored. Not only that, it's the place where the Operating System itself is installed. A hard drive is a physical thing inside of your computer. If you were to take it apart, you'd see one of more disks (called platters), one on top of the other. In a modern hard drive, however, there's usually just one platter. The disks are magnetised and can be written to and read from. The writing and reading is done by an arm which moves across as the disk is spun round. If you were buying a new hard drive, you'd see a figure like 7,200 rpm (revolutions per minute) or 10, 000 rpm. This refers to the speed at which the disks spin. The higher the spin speed the faster the hard disk will be.

New hard drive not showing up as an accessable drive

I had an old (6 months old) internal hard drive that I had setup as an external drive go bad yesterday so I replaced it with a brand new internal drive that I am trying to connect using my esata connector. It is the same exact setup as I had for my old drive that did work for 6 months.
The new hard drive shows up in Device Manager, and in the Devices and Printer panel, but it does not show up in my Computer Panel under Hard Disk Drives.

Upgrading from Win XP Pro to Win 7 Pro problems

I have just upgraded my PC from Windows XP Pro to Windows 7 Pro, I got a upgrade disk, but now that I have installed Windows 7 it shows that I only have 120GB of space left on my 250GB hard-drive ?

I selected Custom Install but it seems to have got info on programs etc from XP when I click on the Windows Old folder it created, I want this to be a complete install, it should take what20-30gb of hard-drive space, how do I get it to delete everything ?

120gb is not going to be enough as I am yet to install itunes or any of my games please help !

When I upgraded Vista on my laptop to Windows 7 it just deleted everything, but it is not letting me do this on my PC I have just got the Windows 7 upgrade disk, it says it upgrades from XP & Vista.

How to effectively partition my hard drive?

I got a Windows 7 running on my Acer 5680 laptop. Its got a dual core with 4 gb ram and 150 GB hard drive. I was wondering how can I effectively partition this drive for best OS performance and easy maintenance with windows check disk. If I have too many partitions then I gotta check disk every one of em.

One of my friends suggested that partitions are of not much use and to keep a single partition since the hard drive is just one physical device.

Can a friend use my Dell Win 7 install DVD disk?

I have a friend who's PC got into virus hell and could not be saved by any means. He had Win 7 Home premium 64 bit but has no back-up and no install disk, he does of course a valid Microsoft license serial on sticker on his desktop & the dell hard drive has actually been replaced with a larger hard drive, old drive is destroyed.

I have a DellRe-installation DVD with win 7 ultimate 64 bit, can he use that with his serial to re-install, home premium somehow on his computer, not MY win 7 Ultimate 64 but his home premium 64?

possibly to download a valid win 7 home premium 64 if you have a valid serial and my DVD won't work for him.

Formatting disks and drives: frequently asked questions

Hard disks , the primary storage devices on your computer, need to be formatted before you can use them. When you format a disk, you configure it with a file system so that Windows can store information on the disk. Hard disks in new computers running Windows are already formatted. If you buy an additional hard disk to expand the storage of your computer, you might need to format it.
Here are answers to some common questions about formatting disks and drives. When do I need to format a disk or drive? What do I need to do to format a hard disk? What file system should I use? What's a quick format? What are partitions and volumes? How do I create more partitions? How do I add a new hard disk? What does reformatting my hard disk do? Why do I get an error when I try to reformat my hard disk?