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August 22, 2013 9:15:50 PM

Just put up a new build, 1 HDD and 1 SDD

The computer boots with the HDD which contains the OS but windows doesn't recognize it.

Haven't checked if it appears in the BIOS.

Not sure if it isn't being powered on, possible wrong connections or bad cables or if it's software based.

Note: First time the HDD was used, I copied the OS from my old HDD into the new one for this build.

MB: MSI Z87-G45
CPU: i7-4770k
GPU: GTX 770k
HDD: Hitachi 2TB
SSD: Samsung 840 120gb

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a c 298 G Storage
August 23, 2013 11:56:08 AM

I fail to understand what you are trying to say. The title suggest "SSD not being recognized " and in the post you didn't even mentioned about the SSD only HDD, so what is the real problem ?
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August 24, 2013 1:38:44 PM

lonewolf7 said:
I fail to understand what you are trying to say. The title suggest "SSD not being recognized " and in the post you didn't even mentioned about the SSD only HDD, so what is the real problem ?


Hey, thank you for taking your time to answer - sorry for the confusion, what I was trying to say is that the computer wasn't recognizing the SSD, it didn't appear in My Computer/Disk Management/Disk, etc. I needed it to appear because I was trying to migrate my OS (Win7) from the HDD to the SSD using Samsungs' Data Migration software.

Found out that I forgot to connect the SATA cable to the SSD, problem solved after that.

New Problem

As I said above, I am trying to clone my OS (Win7 Home Premium -64bit) from my HDD into the SSD but I have some issues with that:


  • SSD's capacity is of 120GB and it has 111GB free (Samsung 840 120gb)
  • I have 168GB of Data in the HDD
  • Samsung Data Migration software automatically selects the OS and important files but since I don't have sufficient space in the SSD to clone everything successfully, the program allows me to select the files that I want to leave behind to free up space but not all the files appear except for My pictures/videos/music which allows me to free only 30.2GB of space
  • I have to free 79GB of space in order to be able to clone


  • So my question is: Is there a way to free up lots of GB's from my HDD, like messing with the system's restore points and such? (I plan on backing my HDD entirely before even attempting to do anything) or should I just go and get a SSD with more capacity?

    Thanks in advance!!
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    a c 298 G Storage
    August 25, 2013 11:01:17 AM

    Ok now I got the clear picture. First of all I wouldn't recommend cloning of OS and to put it into other drive, I know there are good software out there for this job, but I still don't prefer it.

    Now the capacity of the SSD is sufficient for OS and for some other useful programs if not all. If you have a bootable media(DVD/USB) on hand, do a clean install of OS. Then install other programs that you need most on SSD. Try to leave alteast 10% free space on SSD for better performance. Rest of the programs can go to the HDD.

    Yes you can free up some space by removing system restore points/memory error reporting dump files/ IE temp files/ and so on, but I don't think it will free up 80 GB of space.
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