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Sata HDD recognized in BIOS but not in windows

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October 14, 2011 1:03:45 AM

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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October 14, 2011 1:11:18 AM

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?
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October 14, 2011 1:38:45 AM

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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a b G Storage
October 14, 2011 3:29:06 AM

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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.
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October 14, 2011 6:34:55 AM

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
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October 14, 2011 7:12:10 AM

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!
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October 24, 2011 12:03:07 AM

Best answer selected by serik21.
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May 29, 2012 11:03:22 AM

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
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April 16, 2014 9:07:42 PM

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.
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