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Problem after installing external HDD into PC (standard SATA)

Hi all,
I've removed my 2TB HDD from the external case (USB interface) and installed it into my pc as a standard SATA HDD. The drive is visible in My Computer (Windows 7) as drive E:Local disk. It's a seagate if that makes a difference..

I get the message saying the drive needs to formatted (not an option) and the drive doesn't display any info (size, file system etc.)

Anyone know how my PC can simply recognise the drive like it used to when I used it as an external USB HDD?

Anyone please help!
Thanks!
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    It is probably due to the way that it is being recognized by the system. Modern mobo's recognize the drive utilizing IDE, RAID or AHCI, and the interface board for the USB enclosure may be different in the way it translated the drive.

    Backup your data, then it will need to be installed into the computer and partitioned/formatted.
  2. ronintexas said:
    It is probably due to the way that it is being recognized by the system. Modern mobo's recognize the drive utilizing IDE, RAID or AHCI, and the interface board for the USB enclosure may be different in the way it translated the drive.

    Backup your data, then it will need to be installed into the computer and partitioned/formatted.

    Thanks a lot Ron, I'll have to do that then!
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