Installing A Second Hard Drive / Don't See In File Manager

I just bought a second hard drive (western digital caviar 250gb, ide ata100). I set the jumpers to slave, while the original (80gb hitachi) to master. After rebooting i had message 'found new hardware. ', but i don't see it in file manager. I bought it as oe replacement from Do i need to format it, or it came preformatted, but something is wrong? The original drive works fine. I have two dvd drives, is this a problem?

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1. Faster installation times

2. No use of discs! Saves money and reusable time after time!

3. Takes no more than 5 minutes to set up, so time effective in comparison with burning a disc. 4. Silent install. No disc spinning up. No annoyance. Do it whilst your sleeping for all i care

5. Did i mention there's no cost of discs involved?!

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No tweaking, no fking around, no program installs - put the dvd in the drive, put the flash drive in the usb port and run the command. Thats it. The rest of this post is purely there because people always try and do something differently, or dont bother reading the instructions properly!

This does not work with xp, so dont ask.command for copying vista (or 7) dvd to flash drive

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X: being source (dvd / iso image on virtual drive)
Y: being destination drive (flash drive)

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And a picture guide, for those who cant live without them. 1.command line

2. Format flash drive to ntfs (16gb drive)

3. Files copying

4. Open your boot menu in the bios, or change the boot order. My media pc allows me to hit f12 and get this:

(If i had my flash drive plugged in for this photo, it would read as "usb-hdd imation nano" in the '+hard disk' menu)

5. Run the vista/7 installer as normal

Out of niceness, i quote pyeti and naelex's alternate method. This one is rather noob friendly, but requires a third party program. This method works for xp!


Plug in your usb key. Right click on the ultraiso shortcut, and click on run as administrator. Click on file (menu bar) and open. Navigate to your windows 7 iso file and select it and click on the open button. In the bottom local pane, select your usb flash key drive. Click on bootable (menu bar) and wite disk image. Make sure the locations are correct, and check the verify box and click on the write button. Click on yes to confirm writing to the usb drive. When it's done, click on the close button. You now have a windows 7 installation usb flash key.

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