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Win8 not detecting WD Black hard drive. Help!

Last response: in Windows 8
October 30, 2012 11:01:58 AM

So I did a complete new install of Win8 Pro with hardware that all works. However, when I go to Computer my secondary drive (where I store all my photos, music, etc.) is not displayed. If I open my main drive under properties, I can see the secondary drive under some of those options. The secondary drive shows up on the BIOS. It showed up when I installed Win8, but it cannot be found now.

a b * Windows 8
October 30, 2012 11:57:07 AM

Is the secondary drive on a third party storage controller in your system? Sounds like you're simply missing a driver for it.
October 30, 2012 12:11:38 PM

No, its connected straight to the mobo. However, it is in NTFS format. Would that be causing it?
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a b * Windows 8
October 30, 2012 12:21:12 PM

Many motherboards have third party controllers built on to give them additional SATA ports. What board model do you have?

The file system on the drive is meaningless, unless it was previously used in an Apple machine and formatted HFS or HFS+, or in a Linux box and formatted ext3 or ext4.
October 30, 2012 12:49:31 PM

I will install the Win7 chipset drivers and see what happens.
a b * Windows 8
October 30, 2012 1:05:25 PM

That may not help, as the chipset drivers are likely from Intel (assuming you have an Intel chipset based motherboard, which won't help if the drive is indeed connected to an integrated third party controller). Post the manufacturer and model of your board so we can locate the correct drivers.
October 30, 2012 1:45:20 PM

Mobo: 890FXA-GD70
HD: Western Digital Black 1.0TB

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a b * Windows 8
October 30, 2012 2:03:50 PM

The included JMicron controller (according to the MSI website for your board) may service both the IDE ports, as well as some SATA ports. Make sure you install that driver as well:
October 30, 2012 2:11:51 PM

Thank you. I'll give that a shot as soon as I get back home.
November 6, 2012 11:56:10 AM

Reinstalled Win7 with no drivers and it finds the HDD. Is this some sort of Win8 glitch?
November 13, 2012 10:43:44 AM

Best answer selected by ahthurungnone.