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how do I get win7 to recognize my new seagate 2tb hard drive

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December 31, 2013 9:34:21 PM

I just got my new Seagate 2TB internal HD today. Hooked everything up, booted up, went to BIOS and all looked ok from there. Windows 7 boots up but only shows my Samsung SSD 120GB and my WD 300GB Raptor HD the Seagate doesn't show up. However if I got to device manager it shows up there. What's going on? Why can't I see all my hard drives?

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a c 152 G Storage
December 31, 2013 9:49:11 PM

Have you used disk management to initialize the disk yet? When new a hard drive contains nothing at all.

Hold start + R and then type diskmgmt.msc in the run window and hit enter.

You may be asked to initialize the new disk(you should in fact since it is new). you are fine with MBR for drives 2tb and under. GTP should be used for larger drives(gpt drives can only boot with uefi boards.).

At this point you can make a partition(create volume and partition the drive) and format the drive for use.
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December 31, 2013 10:03:37 PM

nukemaster said:
Have you used disk management to initialize the disk yet? When new a hard drive contains nothing at all.

Hold start + R and then type diskmgmt.msc in the run window and hit enter.

You may be asked to initialize the new disk(you should in fact since it is new). you are fine with MBR for drives 2tb and under. GTP should be used for larger drives(gpt drives can only boot with uefi boards.).

At this point you can make a partition(create volume and partition the drive) and format the drive for use.


Thank you! I figured it was something simple and easy to fix :)  I knew I was forgetting something!
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a c 152 G Storage
December 31, 2013 10:09:31 PM

Any time.

Enjoy the new drive(since it is new a full scan never hurts it too).
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