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Hard Drive Shows In BIOS, Device Manager, But NOT My Computer?

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August 6, 2013 10:40:58 AM

I just did a reformat and installed all the necessary drivers that came on disc with my motherboard (SATA, Chipset, USB 3.0, etc.).

Before the Windows installation where it asks you which drive I want to install Windows on, it showed both my SSD (128GB) and my new SeaGate Barracuda (1TB). The BIOS shows all my drives including both my Blu-ray drives. The Device Manager in Windows, under Disk Drives, shows both my internal drives AND my external drive (3TB) with all drives showing "This device is working properly.", and under DVD/CD-ROM drives, it shows both my Blu-ray drives.

However, Windows does NOT show my Barracuda in My Computer...just my SSD.

I thought maybe I need to format the Barracuda, but there's no option in the device manager to do so. This is really frustrating...

Specs:

Asus Z77WS Motherboard
Intel i7 3.2 CPU
NVidia GTX 680
16GB RAM
OCZ SSD 128GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Plextor Blu-ray RW
LG Blu-ray player

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August 6, 2013 11:19:05 AM

I figured it out! Yay!

I was poking around in my frustration and went to open My Computer from the Start menu via right clicking the tab (as I've done about 50 times in the last hour) and this time I noticed a Manage option with a shield icon in front of it. When I clicked it, a window popped up with the tools I needed to make that drive available for use. I'm so happy!
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November 28, 2013 12:18:16 AM

daemon9 said:
I figured it out! Yay!

I was poking around in my frustration and went to open My Computer from the Start menu via right clicking the tab (as I've done about 50 times in the last hour) and this time I noticed a Manage option with a shield icon in front of it. When I clicked it, a window popped up with the tools I needed to make that drive available for use. I'm so happy!


Thank you so much for posting how you actually fixed it instead of just "I figured it out! Yay! ", you helped solve my problem. Sadly I can only pay you back by hoping it nets you some good karma.

Also I signed up for this site just to thank you.
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December 30, 2013 6:33:54 PM

daemon9 said:
I just did a reformat and installed all the necessary drivers that came on disc with my motherboard (SATA, Chipset, USB 3.0, etc.).

Before the Windows installation where it asks you which drive I want to install Windows on, it showed both my SSD (128GB) and my new SeaGate Barracuda (1TB). The BIOS shows all my drives including both my Blu-ray drives. The Device Manager in Windows, under Disk Drives, shows both my internal drives AND my external drive (3TB) with all drives showing "This device is working properly.", and under DVD/CD-ROM drives, it shows both my Blu-ray drives.

However, Windows does NOT show my Barracuda in My Computer...just my SSD.

I thought maybe I need to format the Barracuda, but there's no option in the device manager to do so. This is really frustrating...

Specs:

Asus Z77WS Motherboard
Intel i7 3.2 CPU
NVidia GTX 680
16GB RAM
OCZ SSD 128GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Plextor Blu-ray RW
LG Blu-ray player


RRilef said:
daemon9 said:
I figured it out! Yay!

I was poking around in my frustration and went to open My Computer from the Start menu via right clicking the tab (as I've done about 50 times in the last hour) and this time I noticed a Manage option with a shield icon in front of it. When I clicked it, a window popped up with the tools I needed to make that drive available for use. I'm so happy!


Thank you so much for posting how you actually fixed it instead of just "I figured it out! Yay! ", you helped solve my problem. Sadly I can only pay you back by hoping it nets you some good karma.

Also I signed up for this site just to thank you.


Thank you Daemon9, your solution was also very helpful to me. On my Windows 7 system, the route was to left click on the "Start" menu and then RIGHT click on the word "computer" in the right hand column of the menu which popped up. This is where, as promised, the manage choice with the shield was to be found. Excellent!!!
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June 22, 2014 2:34:47 PM

Fantastic! I was having the same and problem and, as you might have guessed, this was the solution. Would never have figured you had to do this so thanks a lot!
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July 16, 2014 9:47:42 PM

Windows 7 Pro > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management. Select & Right Click Volume (Disk Drive) [It won't have a drive letter] then select Change Drive Letter and Paths... > Add... > Assign the following drive letter: > [Pick a letter in the middle to end] > OK. Notice that it is now assigned a drive letter and will now show up in My Computer.
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