Switching DVD drive for hard drive

 DragonKing -

i switched the sata cables from my DVD drive to my new internal hard drive since i ran out of sata ports. when i turned on the computer, it still shows that i have a second DVD drive and doesn't recognize the new hard drive. what can i do to fix this (other than the obvious by getting more ports)?


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Wednesday October 8, 2008
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June 15, 2019
The new drive will not show in Explorer until you partition it and format it.
how do i go about formatting it without installing an OS onto it?

my second hard drive (the one causing the issue is my 3rd) was automatically detected by windows and i was asked to format it if i wanted to use it for windows... i'm not particularly sure how to do it now that windows didn't detect it...

also i read up on another topic here (one about installing a second hard drive) and in Computer Management, it still shows my old DVD drive which is now disconnected...

thanks for the reply!