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Need Help with an SSD/HDD Setup

I have a 250GB SSD that I use as my boot drive, and a 1TB HDD that I'd like to use for data storage, but I can't seem to get my computer to recognize the HDD. They're connected via SATA, and it's my understanding that there's no such thing as Slave/Master with SATA so I'm at a loss.

My motherboard is the Asus P8Z77-V LK if that's important to know.
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    If the HDD is recognized in BIOS then go into Windows Disk Management, initialize the HDD, assign it a drive letter, and Quick format it. It will then be ready to use.
  2. Dereck47 beat me to it :)

    If you installed Windows on the SSD then added the hard drive, it may not have been setup and formatted yet.

    Hold START + R and type "diskmgmt.msc" and press enter.

    See if the drive shows up, if it has never been used you may need to create a new simple volume then create a partition and format it.
  3. Setsukai said:
    I have a 250GB SSD that I use as my boot drive, and a 1TB HDD that I'd like to use for data storage, but I can't seem to get my computer to recognize the HDD. They're connected via SATA, and it's my understanding that there's no such thing as Slave/Master with SATA so I'm at a loss.

    My motherboard is the Asus P8Z77-V LK if that's important to know.


    I had a similar issue when i installed my ssd as a boot drive. i did a clean install of win 8 and deleted all partions from hdd (incl recovery). This removed the drive letter from the HDD so it could assign "C" to ssd boot drive. to fix i simply went into disk management and partioned the HDD and assigned a drive letter. Rebooted and showed up the drive no problems.
    Hope this helps
  4. That was so much easier than I thought it would be. Thank you!
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