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Just installed msata hard drive and fresh windows 7 install; laptop does not recognize sata hard drive

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September 21, 2013 5:15:27 PM

I just installed a new msata ssd hard drive in my lenovo t420s, and performed a clean install of windows 7, but the laptop does not recognize the original standard sata hard drive. Windows disk management does not show the original hard drive.

Do I need to update the BIOS? What setting do I change?

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a b $ Windows 7
a c 131 G Storage
September 21, 2013 5:20:28 PM

Check in the bios that the Sata prts set to achi and see if there all on and the hard drive is see in the bios.
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September 21, 2013 6:09:19 PM

smorizio said:
Check in the bios that the Sata prts set to achi and see if there all on and the hard drive is see in the bios.


Checked to see that the SATA port was set to ACHI. The SATA is recognized on the boot order, but does not show up in Windows.

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a b $ Windows 7
a c 131 G Storage
September 21, 2013 6:13:11 PM

This may fix your issue. Your mb may be missing the chipset drivers needed to turn on the Sata ports. If it a intel chipset laptop download the intel chipset update. Run it ten reboot and see if the hard drive pops up.
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September 21, 2013 6:16:49 PM

I found the solution - under Disk Management, the original hard drive was showing up as dynamic/foreign. I had to import and it is working properly now.
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