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Sata HDD recognized in BIOS but not in windows

Hello Folks!

I have an issue with my SATA HDD. Is a western digital WD3200SD internal HDD. The problem im having is that the drive cant be found inside of windows. When i check in BIOS its there, all the info about is correct (size, sata channel, etc) but if attempt to find it in windows or install and OS on it, its nowhere to be found.

If anyone has any ideas, suggestions or perhaps a software that can repair this issue it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance for your responses!
Don
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  1. Usually the "can't find it in windows" error is because there is no partition on it. If you go into the drive manager you can find it there and format as you need to. But if its seen in the bios but you can't install windows on it, its usually a driver error. What board are you using? What copy of windows? Have you tried giving it the SATA drivers?
  2. Best answer
    Right click "My Computer"
    Click "Manage"
    Select "Disk Management"
    Right click "Disk Management" and select "Rescan Disks"
    Find your drive in the list in the bottom pane
    Right click it and select "Initialize"
    Add a partition

    Problem solved?
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    Problem solved?


    My guess would be no because he also wrote this.

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    or install and OS on it, its nowhere to be found.


    Which is why I wrote...

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    but you can't install windows on it, its usually a driver error.
  4. im using windows 7 64 bit but had the same issues with windows XP. Also on multiple boards, but im currently on a Biostar A77OE3
  5. Found it in disk management on windows 7, said it was corrupt. Coverted it to a basic drive then made it a simple volume, now its working! Thanks for your help gentlemen!
  6. Best answer selected by serik21.
  7. Okcookienc said:
    Right click "My Computer"
    Click "Manage"
    Select "Disk Management"
    Right click "Disk Management" and select "Rescan Disks"
    Find your drive in the list in the bottom pane
    Right click it and select "Initialize"
    Add a partition

    Problem solved?


    thanks for you input relay helped
  8. Okcookienc said:
    Right click "My Computer"
    Click "Manage"
    Select "Disk Management"
    Right click "Disk Management" and select "Rescan Disks"
    Find your drive in the list in the bottom pane
    Right click it and select "Initialize"
    Add a partition

    Problem solved?


    Thanks! Great simple solution that works.
  9. I have the same problem but the drive is not seen by Disk Management even after a rescan. Also, it is not seen by Ubuntu but shows up in bios. The drive has an old image of my boot drive but disappeared from windows after I was having some boot issues. I want to format it and create a new image for backup purposes. Any suggestions?
  10. How do I add a partition?
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