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BIOS can't find my WD 1tb hard drive.

Just built my first pc. Everything seems to be working fine but when I try to install windows 8.1 it can't detect my hard drive. I checked my bios and it says the hard drive is unkown in the sata port i plugged it into. my build is
processor: i5-6500
mother board: gigabyte g1 sniper b7
hard drive: western digital 1tb
ram:g skill 2x 8Gb ddr4 2133
PSU: thermaltake smart 650w
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  1. Turn off power, unplug PC.
    unplug HDD and plug it back in
    double chack all cables are fully plugged in
    restore power

    If problem persists try another port

    If problem still persists try plugging it into another PC and see if it detects
  2. GregLucente said:
    Turn off power, unplug PC.
    unplug HDD and plug it back in
    double chack all cables are fully plugged in
    restore power

    If problem persists try another port

    If problem still persists try plugging it into another PC and see if it detects

    I plugged it into another computer still not detected afraid that it's a defective hard drive
  3. that1nob said:
    GregLucente said:
    Turn off power, unplug PC.
    unplug HDD and plug it back in
    double chack all cables are fully plugged in
    restore power

    If problem persists try another port

    If problem still persists try plugging it into another PC and see if it detects

    I plugged it into another computer still not detected afraid that it's a defective hard drive

  4. Try uninstalling and reinstalling from the device manager try a different sata cable
  5. Best answer
    Welcome to the TH community, that1nob!

    I'm sorry to hear about your issues with the 1 TB WD drive! Have you tried plugging it externally via a docking station or an external 3.5" drive enclosure? I'd suggest you give it a try and see how it will get recognized. You mentioned that you have also attempted to plug it in another computer. How did the other system see the HDD in BIOS and in Disk Management?
    If this is, indeed, a defective brand new WD drive, you should definitely check the warranty on our website. If it's still covered, you should be able to send an RMA request to our Customer Support and get a replacement.

    Hope this helps. Keep us posted with the troubleshooting!
    SuperSoph_WD
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