I recently got 2 new hard drives, bumping the total amount up to 4 for my computer. The only issue I'm having right now is that the BIOs shows the hard drives are there but Windows does not.
The 2 that work is an SSD 90gb & a 1TB hard drive, I recently got a new SSD with 240GB and a 3TB hard drive which don't load in Windows.
I'm honestly not sure what to do at this point... In the Advanced Settings on the BIOs in the SATA Configuration screen all the ports are set to enabled. Also looking at the Boot Priority it lists all 4 drives, the 90GB SSD is the Main Disk which has Windows on it.
Any advice at all at this point would help. A friend recommended updating my BIOs firmware, thoughts?
They are seen in BIOS, but not in Disk Management, that's weird. Try inserting an Windows install DVD, boot from it and see if the HDDs are seen there. If yes, format the 240GB one and use Shift+F10 for diskpart and GPT format the 3TB one.
Ok... I'm at the drive selection screen where I pick a drive to install windows.
Disk 0 Partition 1: Slave Drive 931.5GB - Primary (my 1TB)
Disk 1 Unallocated Space 2048.0GB - (Blank) (this appears to be the 3Tb but it's split)
Disk 1 Unallocated Space 746.5GB - (Blank) (the rest of the 3TB)
Disk 2 Unallocated Space 223.6GB - (Blank) (the 240GB SSD)
Disk 3 Partition 1: System Reserved 100.0MB - System
Disk 3 Partition 2 83.7GB - Primary (90GB SSD)
If I hit advanced drive settings it shows the options to: Delete, Format, New, Extend.
Everything except New is greyed out for the Unallocated drives.
I selected New for 2048GB and 223GB drives. That changed it to Disk 1 Partition 1 -Primary and Disk 2 Partition 1 - Primary. The options Delete and Format became available, I formatted them both.
Except the other 750GB of the 3TB when I try to select new for it I get an error: "Failed to create a new partition in the selected unused space. [Error: 0x80042468]"
Upon exiting the install and returning to Windows the 2 new drives show up but the 3TB is now limited to 2TB.
Step 1 - 4 I did but at step 4: "NOTE: This step does not create the GPT partition information."
Step 5: "At the prompt, type: create name="efi system partition" type=efisys Size=102 to create the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) partition.
NOTE: The name can be anything you want, but if the name has spaces in it, the name must have quotes around it. The type must equal either Efisys, Msres, or Msdata. If a size is not specified, the partition uses the remaining unpartitioned space. To install Windows XP, the Msdata partition must contain at least 2 gigabytes (GB) of free space."
Which I did but it doesn't do anything, I typed: create name="efi system partition" type=efisys Size=102
E: added 2 quotes. removed them.
EE: Right now I have the options to type: Partition (Create a partition), Volume (Create a volume), or Vdisk (Create a virtual disk file)
Right clicking the disk in disk management gives me the options: Open, Explore, Mark Partition as Active, Change Drive Letter and Paths, Format, Extend Volume, Shrink Volume, Delete Volume, Properties, Help.
Checked all the options and I don't see the option to change to GPT.