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Windows not seeing SSD

My specs:

Case: Rosewill Challenger
MB: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
CPU: I5 2500K
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
Memory: 8 Gb Kingston HyperX Blu (2 x 4Gb)
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA 6.0Gb/s
SSD: Samsung 830 64Gb Sata 6.0Gb/s
Video: MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II Radeon
PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W 80 PLUS GOLD Modular
Optical:SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA (2)

BIOS sees the SSD (set to AHCI) , but Windows doesn't. I've tried swapping SATA ports, but no joy. Any help greatly appreciated.
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  1. Right click on My Computer / Manage / Disk Management , try there
  2. I assume that you want to install your OS on the SSD. If you disconnect the HDD, and boot from the windows install disk, you should be able to do a clean install of windows onto your SSD.
  3. Its only 64Gb, so I was planning on using it as cache.
  4. Here is my standard answer about using an ssd as a cache:

    Intel's SRT caching technology was designed for buyers who could not justify or afford the cost of a larger capacity solid-state drive. According to Intel, the original idea was that for about $100.00 a user could purchase a small capacity ssd of about 10 to 20GB and use it as a cache to improve hard disk drive performance. The Operating system and programs were stored on a hard disk drive. The actual improvement could not compare to a stand alone ssd. Intel also looked at different capacities all the way up to 512GB and concluded 64GB was the point of diminishing return. It made more sense to use a 64GB ssd as a boot drive that also contained software programs. Intel was hoping that if business clients saw an increase in performance, then they would be induced to purchase larger capacity ssd's that promised an even greater boost in performance.

    A lot has changed sinced then, especially prices. For $100.00 you can definitely purchase an ssd that is much larger than 20GB. In your situation you have a 64GB ssd. Might as well take full advantage of ssd performance instead of restricting performance.
  5. Listen to Johnny!!!!!
  6. Good thoughts there. Back to the original post though: Why are'nt I seeing the SSD in Windows?
  7. see crisan_tiberiu's post
  8. Best answer
    Simple ans, the disk has not been initialize.
    Must initialize/partition/format (IN THAT order) - all done from disk manager.
    Only do if you are DEAD set on using as a SRT drive (NOT RECOMENDED).
    If you partition the drive, and then try to load windows 7 (Used for OS +Programs - recommend), you will have to DELETE the partition you just made or the partition alignment may be hosed.
  9. Best answer selected by oldsoul.
  10. Thanks. Lots of good information!!!
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