Windows 7 Does Not Recognize Second HDD


I recently (as of like, say, 4-5 months ago now) upgraded my custom built PC from Vista Home Edition 32-bit to Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit. I currently use a Solid State Disk for my OS and a couple of programs, but due to the limited space on these I use an internal attached WD 500GB drive. When I upgraded from Vista to Win 7, the WD 500GB drive is no longer there. I did the device manager search and tried reattaching the SATA cable for the drive while the computer was running, and neither of these seemed to do anything. At the time I decided not to mess with it as I didn't need the data on there.

Well fast forward to today, and I'm realizing that I would like to be able to access that Hard Drive again. Ergo, here I am, asking for suggestions or things to try to get my PC to realize that there is another HDD attached! What should I try?

Here is a list of my custom built PC: (Yay for still having this purchase list on my email)

Motherboard: ASUS p6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $289.99
CPU: Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz x 256 KB L2 Cache 8 MB l3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processer $559.99
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6 GB 3x2GB 240-PIN DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory $166.00
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 SLI Supported Video Card $589.99
Hard Drive: Super Talent MasterDrive 2.5" 64 GB SATA II Internal Solid State Disk (SSD) $140.00
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar GP 750 GB 5400 to 7200 RPM 16MB cache SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive - OEM $59.99
Optical Drive: LG Black 6x BD-ROM 16x DVD-ROM 40x CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD+-R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L $109.99
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 Plus Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply $199.99
Computer Case: Lian Armorsuit PC-P60 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $239.99
Anti-Static: BELKIN F8E093 Anti-Static Wrist Strap $7.99
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $17.99

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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  1. Best answer
    Open Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management. The hard drives installed on the system will show there. Right click on the drive and choose 'change drive letters and paths.' Assign the otherwise non designated system drive a drive letter.
  2. Best answer selected by malpraktis.
  3. It worked, thanks Badge
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