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Can't get windows to recognize HDD.

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May 1, 2011 6:32:55 AM


I have a new build with a 64 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. I was planning on using the SSD to run the OS (Win 7) while just using the 1 TB drive for storage. I installed on the SSD but couldn't manage to find a way to get the other drive to be recognized.

Do I need to change something in BIOS, is it a formatting issue, or do I just need some kind of software?

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a c 415 G Storage
May 1, 2011 6:56:47 AM

Does the disk show up in Disk Management?

Start -> right-click "Computer" and select "Manage"

Click "Disk Management"in the left pane

Scroll down to the bottom of the middle pane - you should see a map of the drive labeled "Disk 1" or something similar. If the drive shows up here but it doesn't have a drive letter associated with it, you'll have to right-click on the disk number in order to create a volume (which partitions the drive) and then format it.
a b G Storage
May 1, 2011 4:25:49 PM

Does your BIOS see the drive?
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a c 143 G Storage
May 1, 2011 5:11:07 PM

To build on what sminlal, here is a thread that covers it in a little more details:
May 1, 2011 5:42:52 PM

Alright I'm gonna try that guide - Thanks sminlal and tecmo34!

I'll post back later today when I get a chance to try this.
May 1, 2011 6:44:28 PM

The guide is working really well, the only question I have is when initializing the new drive in Disk Manager, is which partition style do I use? MBR or GPT
a c 143 G Storage
May 1, 2011 7:00:51 PM

I typically use MBR...
a c 415 G Storage
May 1, 2011 11:28:09 PM

Use MBR. You only need GPT if your hard drive is bigger than 2TB, and since it's less compatible across other operating systems you're better off avoiding it unless you really need to use it.
May 12, 2011 12:04:43 AM

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