How to I get Vista to recognise my new HDD? (Newbie Question)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Phil Smith, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Guest

    Problem : Vista thinks my new HDD is the same device and size as the old one.
    How do I get Vista to recognize that I have replaced it with a different
    model?

    Process followed:
    1. Connected new 500GB SATA HDD (Samsung HD501LJ).
    2. Coped C: to E: using Norton Ghost 12 and shutdown.
    3. Swapped SATA cable from old C: (Maxtor 6V250F0) to the new Samsung.
    4. Rebooted.

    Vista has picked up the Samsung as it's new system disk and seems to work
    fine.
    However, it still seems to think the new disk is a 250Gb Maxtor.

    What do I need to do to get it to fully grasp the new device and it's size?
     
    Phil Smith, Sep 23, 2007
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  2. When copying the old drive to the new, YOU failed to choose the option to
    use the entire disk space. Therefore, the new drive was created exactly the
    same size as the old.

    Your error.

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    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
     
    Richard Urban, Sep 23, 2007
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  3. I forgot to add that you can use Disk Management to expand the drives
    partition to use all the space on the drive - but only if the free space is
    to the right of the existing partition.

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    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
     
    Richard Urban, Sep 23, 2007
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  4. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Guest

    Thanks very much for your help so far.

    That's true I think, but the reason I didn't do this is the "Re-size drive
    to fill unallocated space" option was greyed out - I couldn't select it.

    Still, why does Device Manager think that the new hdd is a Maxtor?

    Is there any other way of forcing the system to realize the size & make of
    the new disk?
     
    Phil Smith, Sep 23, 2007
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  5. Still, why does Device Manager think that the new hdd is a Maxtor?

    If the old partition name (designator) happened to be Maxtor - that would
    explain it.

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    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
     
    Richard Urban, Sep 23, 2007
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