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 148 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... m 0 l 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! m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedDoes my external hard drive need to be formatted to be recognized.... Forum Does my hard drive need to be formatted? Forum Why does my hard drive need to be formatted Forum Why does my hard drive need to be formatted Forum Windows does not recognize and cant format USB drive Forum Need help with formating my new internal hard drive Forum SolvedExternal Hard drive Partition not recognized when connected as internal Forum SolvedExternal Seagate GoFlex hard drive not recognized after being used as internal hard drive Forum SolvedWd 2tb internal drive not recognized on windows xp Forum SolvedAccidentally formatted C drive and now need to recover data from logical partitions Forum SolvedWindows didn't recognize my internal hard-drive on boot up. Is this a bad sign, or bad luck? Forum New hard drive, recognized in BIOS, but not in Windows, need to format Forum SolvedLenovo Y510p- does it have internal space for a second storage drive? Forum Solvedi need help getting my hard drive recognized by my pc Forum Does 6TB Internal hard drive will work good for my Configuration? Forum Does 6TB Internal hard drive will work good for my Configuration? Forum New internal hard drive not recognized in task manager Forum Solvedhow to format an external 3tb seagate back up plus into an internal 3tb hard drive Forum SolvedI need to add a USB3 port to my HP desktop which has no way to add internal cards but does have eSata ports Forum SolvedProprely format a non-system internal drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !