backing up onto a 2nd hard drive
Okay techies, i need help. I bought a second hard drive today with the intention of backing my system up with it. I've installed it and from the BIOS screen, i can see that my comp recognises it, but my device manager in windows XP pro doesn't. It only lists my first hard drive.
Here are my system details:
-both my hard drives are Maxtor D740X-6L 40gig drives
-intel motherboard (designed for P4)
-P4 1.7GHz processor
-Windows XP Pro
i've downloaded Partition Magic 7 and Drive Image but don't know how they can help if WIndows doesn't recognise the new drive.
First of all, why isn't the new drive recognized in WIndows?
Secondly, how do i back things up onto the new drive once it is recognized? everyone i have spoken to have only partitioned their one drive instead of getting a second.
THanks in advance.
builder of bikes
Did you set the new drive to slave?
did you partition the drive and format it first? fdisk that sucka, then format her.... or you can use the maxboost tools from the maxtor website to do everything for ya as well.
okay, i finally got my OS to recognise the fact that i had another drive, but when i tried to get it online and formated via Computer management- an error came up midway through it and then after rebooting, it went back to not recognising it!!!
I tried using another cable and still no results.....
can't figure it out.....
Make a partition magic boot disk and you won't need windows to backup your drive (as long as your bios sees both drives)
you might have messed up the HD partition when using partition magic. i dont recommend using partition magic if you're running winxp.
-right click MY COMPUTER
-COMPUTER MANAGEMENT - STORAGE - DISK MANAGEMENT
you should be able to recognize your new hard drive. create a PRIMARY PARTITION and then format it. winxp should automatically assign the new drive a letter.
if you bought your hd from a computer store in richmond, call them up and ask them to do it for you. the good stores wont charge you. it's a 5 min job for them.
and errr... if you're going to do it yourself, make sure you dont format the wrong drive, buddy.