Does an internal drive need to be formatted to be recognized? Tags: Hard Drives Windows Explorer SATA Storage Last response: December 6, 2012 6:25 PM in Storage Share dorodr December 6, 2012 4:14:03 PM Hello, I just purchased a secondry 3GB SATA III internal drive and installed it however it does not show up as a drive with my others when I go into Windows Explorer. Does it need to be formatted before Windows recognizes it? More about : internal drive formatted recognized cin19 a c 94 G Storage December 6, 2012 4:45:42 PM Yes. But some old MB can't support the 3TB HDD (do you mean this , no the 3GB). And you can follow the step by step http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows-vista/Create... dorodr December 6, 2012 6:25:51 PM Thanks for responding cin19...I'll give Disk Management a try and see what happens. I'm hoping that my MB does support a 3TB drive (you are right, I did mean 3TB). Thanks! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumDoes my external hard drive need to be formatted to be recognized .... ForumWd 2tb sata internal dard drive not recognized ForumInternal seagate st310005n1a1as not recognized by vista 32 ForumWd 2tb internal drive not recognized on windows xp ForumCan't format 3-TB internal / secondary hard drive ForumWhy does my hard drive need to be formatted ForumInternal usb card reader not recognizing sd cards ForumSeagate internal Hard Drive Not Recognized . ForumHitachi internal hard drive not recognized by my compaq laptop ForumThis drive is not formatted ...... ForumComputer doesnt recognize 2nd internal hard drive ForumXP wil not regonize formatted drive .... ForumUsb drive that says needs to be formatted Forum1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 ForumHard drive has become unallocated for no apparent reason (windows 7) ForumIs my Hard Drive Dead? (Long, extensive troubleshooting) ForumMaxtor Directory does not exist, or path is invalid ForumRepair input /output device error on external hard drive ForumReplace an Inspiron 1545 hard drive Forum[Solved] OS installed on wrong drive. More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !