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HELP! Installing a new swappable drive

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Kurt Foster, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I have a Windows XP Pro system with 2 - 80 gig hard drives. There is an 80 gig internal drive, partitioned into drive “C” and “D”. “C” has the OS and Cubase VST 5.1 software installed on it and “D” is a partition I can use to back stuff up on.

    I have a second removable 80 gig drive which is designated drive “G”. It is full.

    I bought a new WD 80 drive and I want to swap it out for the old “G” drive but when I fire the machine up it won’t recognize the “G” drive any more.

    I need some instructions on how to format and partition the new hard drive.

    I think I may also need to learn how to make a systems install floppy to do the first

    Please help I have some guys that need to record tomorrow and the next day

  2. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    I wish I could be of more help, but I use Partition Magic 8 to create partitions.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Hey Kurt. :D This is easy as pie... just 10 simple steps!

    Go to the start menu.

    Choose 'Run'.

    Type 'mmc' and hit 'OK'.

    Go to the 'File' menu and choose 'Add/Remove Snap-in...'.

    Click the 'Add' button.

    Select 'Disk Management', click 'Add', then click 'Finish'.

    Click 'Close' in the 'Add Standalone Snap-in' window.

    Click 'OK' in the 'Add/Remove Snap-in' window.

    Double click 'Disk Management(local)'.

    Selcet your drive, right click on it, and choose 'Format...'

    And you're done!
  4. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Kurt, I PM'd you back. Double check those jumpers and use Disk Management and all should be fine.

    BTW, Disk Management can also be accessed through Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management and then selecting the Disk Management tab.
  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Or you can access disk manager even quicker by right clicking on my computer and selecting Manage!! :D

    Make sure that you set it up as an extended partition and not a primary one as well!!

    Western Digital drives are different on the jumpers.. master drives have no jumpers and the slave is the slave position indicated on the hard drive

    Opus :D
  6. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Damnit! And I led him through all that for nothing! Thanks Gary, I didn't know that one.
  7. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    That's the cool thing about computers there's more than one way to do just about everything. I like all 3.
  8. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    No, I definitely like three! :)
  9. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    remember though windows xp by defult dose not have "my computer" on the desktop, and you have have it setup as a link not a menu on the start menu to acsess it using the manage trick. its just an old habit from when i was a tech to do things the hard way (unless time was an issue) because thats the way every one else's computer was setup.
  10. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Good point.
  11. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    That's why windows is so much fun....there's more than one way to skin a cat with it!!! :D

  12. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Thanks all for the replies. Don helped me out and it's all up and running like a top!

    The cool thing is now I know how to do this ... it's like having a tape cart I can remove and replace. I'm gonna like this!

    Thanks again and this is why I love RO~!
  13. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    and we love you too Kurt!



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