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Windows 8.1 does not recognize second hard drive!!

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February 26, 2014 3:21:32 PM

Hello, I've been using my computer for a while now and I was downloading games, then I ran into an issue saying my primary boot (Samsung SSD 840 Pro) was almost full and needed to either get items deleted or to get a second hard drive. I thought I set my Windows to download apps to my secondary HDD (WD 1tb blue caviar) and the SSD for the OS. Help please!!!

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February 26, 2014 3:45:42 PM

Your description differs from the title. Do you see a second drive when you go into My Computer?
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February 26, 2014 5:45:57 PM

USAFRet said:
How did you "set my Windows to download apps to my secondary HDD"
Browser downloads? Changing the Windowsload folder location?
What specifically did you do?

For this, Win 8.1 acts a little different than 8 or 7.

See these:
Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redi...


Windows 8.1 does not recognize my HDD but it recognizes my SSD which is my main one. Is it a problem with windows 8.1? Or my Bios?
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February 26, 2014 5:55:48 PM

ScribbleMike said:
USAFRet said:
How did you "set my Windows to download apps to my secondary HDD"
Browser downloads? Changing the Windowsload folder location?
What specifically did you do?

For this, Win 8.1 acts a little different than 8 or 7.

See these:
Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redi...


Windows 8.1 does not recognize my HDD but it recognizes my SSD which is my main one. Is it a problem with windows 8.1? Or my Bios?


Can you see it in the BIOS? If yes...
Can you see it in Disk Management?
You may need to initialize it and give it a drive letter.

I have no issues with 8.1 and multiple drives.
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February 26, 2014 5:58:20 PM

How many drives/storage do you see in My Computer?
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February 10, 2015 11:36:53 PM

I'm having the same problem. I just build a new computer and went with Win 8.1 Pro. I have a PNY SSD and a Toshiba HDD. Windows see's and runs the SSD just fine, but I can't see the Toshiba HDD in disk management or anywhere else for that matter. I do see the HDD in device manager, but I can't initialize it or format it. Someone PLEASE HELP!!!

Thanks in advance. :) 
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February 11, 2015 1:37:10 AM

Sometimes, installing Windows 8 (8.1) loses the hard drive’s letter/path. This can occur because of the newly added drivers, or during the complex process of creating partitions. To fix this, here is what you should do:
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February 11, 2015 10:55:56 PM

Hi riopelent112.

I can't see what you posted after "here is what you should do:". Can you please post detailed instructions? Thanks again!!!
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May 28, 2015 4:56:36 PM

zoomzoomers said:
Hi riopelent112.

I can't see what you posted after "here is what you should do:". Can you please post detailed instructions? Thanks again!!!


hey man have fixed it? im having the exact same problem as you. my ssd is recognized and works as intended, but my HDD is not recognized in the device manager, it only shows up in the device manager.
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November 5, 2015 10:13:06 PM

go in file explorer-right click on THIS PC-click MANAGE-on the left side there will be option select DISK MANAGEMENT-right click on the partition which is u wish to see in windows explorer-click on CHANGE DRIVE LETTER and PATH-give ur partition a drive letter-it will appear in the windows explorer.
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