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December 21, 2012 4:18:01 AM

I have a Seagate 1TB HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate on it.

I installed a Samsung 840 120GB SSD, insert the Windows CD, formatted the HDD, and installed w7 on the SSD.

Now the HDD won't show up in Windows or Disk Management. It shows in the BIOS though. Anyone know how to fix this?
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December 21, 2012 4:24:14 AM

jbl772 said:
I have a Seagate 1TB HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate on it.

I installed a Samsung 840 120GB SSD, insert the Windows CD, formatted the HDD, and installed w7 on the SSD.

Now the HDD won't show up in Windows or Disk Management. It shows in the BIOS though. Anyone know how to fix this?

boot off the windows installer cd. go into advance mode on it. look to see if there any partion on the hard drive. it may be that when windows did it install thing..it put the system restore partion on the 1tb drive and not the ssd. or it may blown the partion off the hard drive. if there no partion or if there is one delete the old partion..reboot and remake it and then format the drive. it should with a know good partion show up in windows disk management.
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December 21, 2012 4:26:23 AM

In the bottom pane, in Disk Management, you should see a drive with no name or info. If you right click on it and create a partition, it should show up then.
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December 21, 2012 4:27:03 AM

I deleted any partitions on the HDD. The only two options to install Windows on were the SSD and the HDD.

The HDD showed as Disk 0 Unallocated Space and the SSD showed as Disk 1 Unallocated Space
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December 21, 2012 4:27:44 AM

In Disk Management there was no 1TB listed, only a ~110GB, 100MB, and 3GB
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December 21, 2012 4:40:45 AM

Does it show up in Device Manager?
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December 21, 2012 4:41:16 AM

Yes
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December 21, 2012 4:54:44 AM

Are you sure you are looking at the bottom window. Where the disks are shown with their partitions. All of you disks should be in that bottom pane, even your CD/DVD ROM drive. Scroll down to see if there are any disks without a partition. You have to initialize the disk first before you can make a partition on it.
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December 21, 2012 4:58:44 AM

I'm sorry I'm confused.

I've never had more than 1 drive so I always deleted everything and left it as Disk 0 Unallocated Space - which had always worked for me.

Are you saying when I install Windows I need to create a partition for the secondary drive? (My HDD)
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December 21, 2012 5:03:21 AM

No. In disk management, you should see a drive, in the bottom pane, with "unallocated space". You HDD should be Disk 1. You might have to initialize the disk first by right clicking on it an going to initialize. Either way, you then can right click in the unallocated space are and "create new partition". Then you should be on your way.
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December 21, 2012 5:05:50 AM

Here is a pic. Look in the area with the red box. Scroll down and you should see a Disk 1.

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December 21, 2012 5:17:04 AM

Omg thanks so much! I had to right click -> format.

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December 21, 2012 5:17:17 AM

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