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Installed Seconded Hard Drive 1TB WD Not Showing up in Windows 8.1 Pro Need some help please

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January 6, 2014 9:23:00 PM

Hello all, I am having a small problem sorry for the Newbie question, I have a Western Digital Sata Drive 500GB Already installed with Windows 8.1 Pro on it, I was running out of space and Bought a Western Digital 1TB HDD it shows up in the Bios and I see in Disk Management but it says unallocated. and it doesnt show up in the Windows Explorer

How can I get it to show up In Windows 8.1 Pro
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January 7, 2014 4:09:37 AM

Right ckick on Disk 1 Click on Create new partiton keep on pressing next.
Thats it


Regards
DZ
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a c 383 G Storage
January 7, 2014 4:57:00 AM

Until a new hard drive is formatted and assigned a drive letter, it won't show up anywhere in windows other than disk management. You can use disk management to do this.
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January 7, 2014 5:24:59 AM

To store data on hard drive, you need to partition hdd.

1. Right click on "Unallocated" and select "New Simple Volume...".
2. Enter how much space you would like to allocate in "Simple volume size in MB" .
3. Follow the wizard to complete.

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January 8, 2014 1:12:43 PM

Anyone maybe think the HDD is dead? I always just plug in my hard drives right out of the box, and they come up within Windows after a reboot.
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a c 359 G Storage
January 8, 2014 8:51:41 PM

biohazardfear, I don't know how you get that result. ALL new HDD's arrive completely blank in terms of information - they have only the basic magnetic signal tracks divided into sectors from a factory low-level format, but there is NO organization. They always need two operations before use, and these depend on what Operating System you are using them on. The Operations are: Create one (or more) Partition(s), which are defined contiguous regions of the HDD that will each be treated by the OS as one separate "drive"; and, Format each Partition, which installs all the tracking files necessary to create a specified File System (like NTFS in Windows) so that files can be written to the drive and read back. In modern Windows versions, these two operations usually appear as ONE called Initializing the drive.

Now, if your experience involves mainly external Hard Drives that arrive with those operations already done for you by the manufacturer, assuming you will be using a modern Windows OS, then I can understand the simple "plug and go" result you have experienced.
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January 10, 2014 7:02:23 AM

Paperdoc said:
biohazardfear, I don't know how you get that result. ALL new HDD's arrive completely blank in terms of information - they have only the basic magnetic signal tracks divided into sectors from a factory low-level format, but there is NO organization. They always need two operations before use, and these depend on what Operating System you are using them on. The Operations are: Create one (or more) Partition(s), which are defined contiguous regions of the HDD that will each be treated by the OS as one separate "drive"; and, Format each Partition, which installs all the tracking files necessary to create a specified File System (like NTFS in Windows) so that files can be written to the drive and read back. In modern Windows versions, these two operations usually appear as ONE called Initializing the drive.

Now, if your experience involves mainly external Hard Drives that arrive with those operations already done for you by the manufacturer, assuming you will be using a modern Windows OS, then I can understand the simple "plug and go" result you have experienced.


Maybe you misunderstood my wording. I'm talking about a secondary drive, my friend. I know Windows doesn't come installed on new in box hard drives. I'm talking about just plugging up a secondary hard drive for storage and booting into Windows on a primary drive. I've never had to configure a secondary hard drive to show up in Windows.
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January 10, 2014 7:03:31 AM

Nor have I used DISKPART to partition any of my drives for secondary storage.
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a c 383 G Storage
January 10, 2014 8:50:40 AM

If a hard drive has been formatted (used) before, it should show up automatically in windows, otherwise it needs initialized in disk management before it will show up.
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September 4, 2014 10:33:15 PM

I have a 1tb hard drive with a functioning (yes i store things on it just fine) ntfs partition.
it has a drive letter.

Does not show up in "The Computer" (formerly "My Computer")
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a c 383 G Storage
September 5, 2014 6:07:59 AM

Joseph Wuest said:
I have a 1tb hard drive with a functioning (yes i store things on it just fine) ntfs partition.
it has a drive letter.

Does not show up in "The Computer" (formerly "My Computer")


Please start your own thread. This one is from january of 2014. Also, don't revive old posts.

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