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How to get AHCI SSD Win 7 install to recognize some HHDs with data

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August 9, 2012 5:29:59 AM

I have a fresh install of Win7 on a crucial SSD. Before installing Win7, I set the SATA mode to AHCI in the BIOS (I am using a Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H). Everything is working beautifully, except I can't get Windows to do anything with some secondary HDDs which I have a ton of music on (and thus do not want to Format or partition). They do not show up in Windows Explorer. Disc Management sees them, but just lists them as "foreign" and won't give any other information from them except to list their size. I found this tidbit from another site which I thought could be helpful:

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To actually use AHCI, the OS (whether that's Windows, Linux or even Ghost) has to have an AHCI driver. Windows Vista and 7 include the driver, but don't install it if the boot drive's controller doesn't have AHCI enabled. Similarly, the IDE driver doesn't get installed if the IDE controller is disabled. That's why you can't just toggle the setting in the BIOS on an already installed Windows system.


I think that has to do with my problem, but I still don't know how to solve it. I think my best hope is to go get a IDE driver from somewhere, but I don't know what driver or where to find it. Can anyone help me with this please!!

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August 9, 2012 1:16:42 PM

From TechNet.Microsoft.com:

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A dynamic disk's status is Foreign.


Cause: The Foreign status occurs when you move a dynamic disk to the local computer from another computer running Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition, or the Windows Server 2003 operating systems. A warning icon appears on disks that display the Foreign status.

In some cases, a disk that was previously connected to the system can display the Foreign status. Configuration data for dynamic disks is stored on all dynamic disks, so the information about which disks are owned by the system is lost when all dynamic disks fail.

Solution: Add the disk to your computer's system configuration so that you can access data on the disk. To add a disk to your computer's system configuration, import the foreign disk (right-click the disk and then click Import Foreign Disks). Any existing volumes on the foreign disk become visible and accessible when you import the disk.
]A dynamic disk's status is Foreign.


Cause: The Foreign status occurs when you move a dynamic disk to the local computer from another computer running Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition, or the Windows Server 2003 operating systems. A warning icon appears on disks that display the Foreign status.

In some cases, a disk that was previously connected to the system can display the Foreign status. Configuration data for dynamic disks is stored on all dynamic disks, so the information about which disks are owned by the system is lost when all dynamic disks fail.

Solution: Add the disk to your computer's system configuration so that you can access data on the disk. To add a disk to your computer's system configuration, import the foreign disk (right-click the disk and then click Import Foreign Disks). Any existing volumes on the foreign disk become visible and accessible when you import the disk.
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August 9, 2012 7:35:12 PM

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August 9, 2012 7:37:46 PM

Thank you very much! That worked like charm! I made that out to be way more complicated then it really was! Again, thanks!
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