Ok so I finally got all of my primary components in the mail, everything put together, and all the necessary drivers, etc. installed.
I booted and installed a brand new OEM version of Windows 7 home premium to the ssd I bought just for my OS, my anti-virus, anti-malware, & drivers & partitioned the drive appropriately during the windows install.
The issue I'm having is that Windows apparently isn't recognizing or finding my HDD (Western Digital Green 1TB) via the "My Computer" menu in Windows but it is listed as a storage device in the EFI/BIOS.
It is a 6gbps rated HDD, I'm using a 6gbps rated serial ata cable, and it is plugged into a sata 3 6gbps rated port on the mobo just like the SSD.