Just got back from a yardsale with three 80GB SATA drives ($20 each)! and obviously I was suspect as to whether or not they were good, so I did a disk check on each one and they're all clean!
So, I plug them all in (my intent is to use them as storage drives, since i already have a 200GB SATA drive as my System Drive). I have four SATA slots so it fit perfectly. It boots up, says it found new hardware, I go into disk management, and delete/reformat the disks.
But only two show up! So I finish reformatting the others and giving them names/drive letters, and they work fine for storage. Then I rebooted and went into BIOS and saw that four hard drives were definitely listed, so this third storage one that I bought wasn't being recognized in XP for some reason.
So I rebooted again just to check, and still nothing in disk management. I did some research and found that it was formatted with a Linux Reiserfs partition, so I booted into GParted LiveCD and formatted it as NTFS, removing all other previous partitions.
Booted back into XP, and still nothing even shown in Disk Management!
Any ideas? Thanks!