You need to mount and format the drives. It is simple.
1) Go to your start menu and select control panel>>administrative tools>>computer management.
2) Click on Storage>>Disk Management
3) Scroll down until you find your drive listed on the left hand column.
4) Right click on the drive (in the left column) and select somthing like mount or import or the such. I can't remember exactly what it says. when it is done, repeat the right click and select format.
Then you should see the drive. You will need to repeat this process for both drives.
you're awesome man, i really appreciate the help. got them up and running yesterday. thanks again!