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HDD not being recognized by Windows

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April 6, 2014 9:31:05 PM

I'm using Windows 7 through a SSD and I am trying to set up a WD Black HDD for storage. The BIOS recognizes the HDD but Windows does not. Not in device manager, disk management, or diskpart. What type of issue is this and what can I do?

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a b G Storage
April 6, 2014 9:38:55 PM

You need to partition and format the drive.

Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

In the lower pane, you should see your SSD and HDD and possibly a ODD if you have one. Right click the HDD and partition it. Once you've partitioned it, format it.
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April 6, 2014 9:42:20 PM

Disk management doesn't recognize it.
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a b G Storage
April 6, 2014 9:45:29 PM

Maybe some system specs. Motherboard, size of the drive in question.
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April 6, 2014 9:48:33 PM

Mobo is a GA-F2A88X-D3H and the HDD is 1TB
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a b G Storage
April 6, 2014 9:55:03 PM

In your BIOS what is OnChip SATA Type set to. Which SATA port is the HDD plugged into?
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April 6, 2014 10:11:32 PM

AHCI and port 7
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a b G Storage
April 6, 2014 10:18:06 PM

I know this is going to sound odd, but shutdown your computer. Unplug the SATA cable from the new drive. Boot into Windows, login and let it settle down. Shutdown again. Plug the drive back in and reboot into Windows. See if this helps.

I've seen Windows hiccup when finding a new drive.

If that doesn't work, can you try a port from 0-3? That's assuming they're not already used.
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