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My computer isn't detecting my hard drive

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August 12, 2012 1:49:03 PM

I just built a computer and i have an ssd and a mechanical hard drive my ssd is working but my computer isn't using the mechanical hard drive i can't find it on device manager. What should i do please respond.
a b G Storage
August 12, 2012 2:55:16 PM

Did you go into Control Panel, Administrative tools, disk management and initialize the disk and assign it a drive letter? It won't show up in Windows until you do this.
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a b G Storage
August 12, 2012 3:01:04 PM

It might be OFFLINE - Disk Management, right-click the drive, then ONLINE
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August 14, 2012 2:39:23 AM

none of that is working
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a b G Storage
August 14, 2012 3:25:52 AM

Is it listed in the BIOS? If not, then a cable is probably not connected properly (power or SATA)
do you have the power daisy chained from anything else in the computer?
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August 14, 2012 1:02:43 PM

yes its connected to power i will try a different sata data cable
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August 14, 2012 6:52:41 PM

i know you can enter bios but it flashes to fast for me because it is on the ssd but in control panel it isn't detected is their another way to enter bios
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a b G Storage
August 14, 2012 8:01:23 PM

emperor piehead said:
i know you can enter bios but it flashes to fast for me because it is on the ssd but in control panel it isn't detected is their another way to enter bios

yes, u start pressing the key as soon as the computer turns off, and continuously as it boots
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August 14, 2012 8:48:18 PM

okay i'm in bios now where do i go
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a b G Storage
August 14, 2012 8:52:50 PM

I have no idea what your BIOS menu structure is - im sure you can find an online guide at the manufacturers website

Go into where it shows what drives are connected and if you don't see it, then theres a problem
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August 14, 2012 8:54:37 PM

i went under boot and there were my dvd drive and my ssd but not the hdd
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August 14, 2012 8:58:56 PM

emperor piehead said:
i went under boot and there were my dvd drive and my ssd but not the hdd


Does the drive spin up? If you can, try to put your hand on it or listen to it to tell if it spins or not.
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August 14, 2012 9:03:01 PM

yes it does spin up when i start my computer it sounds a bit funny but then it sounds like it should
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August 14, 2012 9:05:52 PM

emperor piehead said:
yes it does spin up when i start my computer it sounds a bit funny but then it sounds like it should


Funny? Funny how?
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August 14, 2012 9:07:55 PM

it makes this kind of high pitch noise every few seconds for about 2 minutes but you have to hear for it
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August 14, 2012 9:13:02 PM

emperor piehead said:
it makes this kind of high pitch noise every few seconds for about 2 minutes but you have to hear for it


Interesting...
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August 14, 2012 9:16:56 PM

there s a coputer repair shop near me should i try them tomorrow
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August 14, 2012 10:43:13 PM

the best way to check for sure thats its spinning is to put the most sensitive part of the body in on top of the hard drive..if you feel something.. it must be spinning... do it for 5-15 mins just to be sure..its best for an IT to check it physically..knowing whether it spins or not..wouldn't really matter.
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August 22, 2012 1:15:25 AM

Best answer selected by emperor piehead.
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August 6, 2014 11:40:01 AM

dude the drive's new means there's no data on it of, it's unallocated so just download MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition, open the software u'll find ur hdd under the ssd=> right click on it => create then you wait for the process to finish. last: click Apply(top left) and there...you have a Hdd :) 
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