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March 20, 2014 1:26:19 PM

I have a SSD and a HDD setup (SSD for WIndows+a few apps and games) in my computer running Windows 8. Every time I shutdown my system for the night, and I start up the next day, my HDD doesn't show up under "This PC". From the beginning of building this PC I would just use Seagate DiscWizard (My HDD is a Seagate) and I allocate a partition, and viola, the HDD is useable and all my files are back in place. Is there anyway to get Windows to recognize this HDD without having to manually do it? Is "Allocate Partition" using up my HDD space every time I do it? I found a way for windows to recognize my HDD(Windows button+X key > Disk Management) but "You must format this HDD before use" and I really don't want to lose all my saved files. My HDD is second in my load order in BIOs and is set as Drive D:

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March 20, 2014 2:06:59 PM

That is a strange problem. The easiest solution is the one offered by windows: Format the drive. I suggest loading all of the information onto an external drive (borrow one from a friend or coworker just for this operation) and perform a full format. That should eliminate the problem forever and avoid the headaches of dealing with third-party software. It's just easier that way. Then you can cut and paste your data back onto the drive sail as smooth can be.

Best of luck to you.
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March 20, 2014 2:07:20 PM

Was the Segate drive the original one in the system with windows on it.
and was it also partitioned to make two drives of C: and
D: ?

Oh and are both the SSD and the Segate internal ?
Why i`m asking is because if the prior Segate drive had a letter assignment of C: or C: and D: if partitioned.

Is because the SSD drive is now the boot drive and set as C:

Just confirm if its the case ?

You see each drive must have its own drive letter assignment in windows.

But if you has two drives labeld as C: one will not show up in my computer or explorer.

It asks you to format it because it wants to assign a drive letter not already in use.

So you would right click on the segate drive and change drive letter or path to a letter in the drive chain not being used.

eg: G

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March 20, 2014 2:11:30 PM

clayofthe757 said:
That is a strange problem. The easiest solution is the one offered by windows: Format the drive. I suggest loading all of the information onto an external drive (borrow one from a friend or coworker just for this operation) and perform a full format. That should eliminate the problem forever and avoid the headaches of dealing with third-party software. It's just easier that way. Then you can cut and paste your data back onto the drive sail as smooth can be.

Best of luck to you.


I feared that was the answer. Alright I'll find a spare HDD, Thanks

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March 20, 2014 2:15:22 PM

Shaun o said:
Was the Segate drive the original one in the system with windows on it.
and was it also partitioned to make two drives of C: and
D: ?

Oh and are both the SSD and the Segate internal ?


It's all new. The SSD is my C: Drive with Windows and the HDD (Seagate) is D:. I forget if I partitioned them separately, this is my first build, I might have set it up wrong. Both internal drives from the start
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March 20, 2014 2:22:22 PM

What I`m asking is if you go into the bios are both drives detected ?
But when you get into windows the segate does not appear when clicking on computer.

But does show it`s self in disk manager. ? Asking you to format it ?

If that is the case then you have a drive letter assignment clash.

Two drives cannot each have C: or when you get in windows one drive will disappear when looking for it in computer.

Windows will ask you to format the drive because it wants to assign a new drive letter to avoid the clash.

But in disk manager you should be able to right click on the segate drive and change the drive letter or path.

Example to G: once done if it applys it should show up in computer.


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March 20, 2014 2:36:44 PM

Shaun o said:
What I`m asking is if you go into the bios are both drives detected ?
But when you get into windows the segate does not appear when clicking on computer.

But does show it`s self in disk manager. ? Asking you to format it ?

If that is the case then you have a drive letter assignment clash.

Two drives cannot each have C: or when you get in windows one drive will disappear when looking for it in computer.

Windows will ask you to format the drive because it wants to assign a new drive letter to avoid the clash.

But in disk manager you should be able to right click on the segate drive and change the drive letter or path.

Example to G: once done if it applys it should show up in computer.




They are separately labeled. SSD is C: and HDD is D:. Same as in my BIOs. But for whatever reason, the HDD doesn't load/isn't recognized. It doesn't show up in disk manager either, only in Seagate DiscWizard
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