My home PC is an old Dell machine with a 40GB IDE hard drive.Â Having just bought a new 160GB drive for backups from my laptop, I couldnt work out how to install and configure it in Ubuntu as it dosnt recognise the presence of a new drive on startup.
So, I again used GPARTED , and booted up the machine using GPARTED and formatted the drive that way as a new ext3 format.Â Now its recognised as a spare disk in /media which works fine.
one final tip for novice users like me, if you want to make a directory to start with and the disk is blank, its esy to to this at the command line when Ubuntu wont let you.
go to ./media/disk directory
sudo mkdir NEWDIRECTORYNAME
chmod 777 NEWDIRECTORYNAME
This is very loose security, but if its just a home PC with no other access I thoguht this would be fine.
I hope this helps someone.Â If you an expert user and can comment further, please feel free.