Vista doesn't see second disk though device manager does

Shug

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Hi, I have built my first PC and it has gone reasonably well except for a duff HD for which I have now received the replacement. The problem is I have fitted it and it is recongised by the BIOS and Device Manager shows it. However, in Computer etc. it does not appear. I don't know what to do next. Any help gratefully accepted.

The build is:

Antec P150
Asus P5B Deluxe wifi (bios left at default settings)
Samsung HD401J SATA (C: drive containing windows Vista)
Samsung HD501J SATA (DRIVE NOT SHOWING IN COMPUTER) :(
Maxtor DiamondMax10 300Gb ATA drive (from my old PC)
NEC SATA DVD RW
Sony ATA DVD ROM
2GB Crucial memory
Gigabyte 7600GT
 

exit2dos

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You have to initialize the drive before Windows can use it.

Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools.
From there, select the Computer Management -> Stroage -> Disk Management.

This will show you a list of drives you have. Find the one you need to initialize and right-click on it (If you're not sure which drive - it will be the one without a drive letter). Windows should bring up a wizard screen to help you initialize it at this point.
 

Shug

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:lol:

Thank you, that's sorted the problem out. I am truly amazed and grateful to all you guys out there that help novices like me.
 

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