I recently built a new Desktop PC from scratch with Windows 8.1.
I have a Samsung 256Gb SDD and a Western Digital Blue 500Gb HDD.
I installed windows to my SDD, it boots up and runs fine.
The problem is that when I loaded windows, I left my WD HDD plugged into the motherboard via the SATA. Now when I go into Device Manager, I can see the WD Drive, however in properties it will not populate a volume, and it does not appear in Disk Management?
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Did you create any partitions on the WD HDD ? If not, do it now with a bootable media(DVD/USB).
Note : Unplug the SSD prior partitioning the HDD.
That sounds like the next step, but I am not sure how. Should I unplug my ssd, then boot from my windows dvd?
Thanks for you help.
Yes, unplug the SSD first, then boot with the installation DVD, rest is pretty self explanatory.
When you come to drive partitioning page, just create partition/s with your desired number, then exit the setup.
Turn off the PC, plug the SSD, boot up the PC, enter BIOS, and make the SSD as first bootable device, save and exit(F10 button).
That's all. Now you will have both SSD and HDD in "Computer"