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Why doesn't Windows 8 recognize my 2nd SATA HDD?

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September 21, 2012 4:26:40 PM

Only the boot drive attached during Win8 installation with the second attached after, 1st is 500GB boot drive, 2nd is a (NTFS) 2TB HDD populated media drive. Was about to add my media folders to Plex Media Server when I noticed that only the boot drive (C:)  appeared under My Computer.

Found that odd so I restarted into BIOS settings and the 2nd HDD showed up fine. Booted into Windows and started Disk Manager and saw something I've never seen before. It could see the 2nd HDD, but no drive letter was assigned and it said "Foreign" where it normally has drive size and "Online." There's quite a bit of data on there, but it's backed up onto Crashplan so I suppose I could do a fresh format and re-populate with the data. Would be quite a PITA though. Any ideas? Googled it and haven't seen anyone else w/ this issue.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48574614/IMG_20120912_203330.jp... <--screenshot of Disk Manager seeing "Foreign" drive

Already tried a Reset as per this thread http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window... and have posted this same question in the Win8 TechNet forum and eightforums.com .

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September 21, 2012 4:37:56 PM

Go into 'Disk-Management' right click on that drive and select import; you should be able to assign a drive letter.

A dynamic disk will show up as foreign to a different OS, and have to be imported. Importing will import the system configuration and allow Windows to use the dynamic disk by adding information to the registry; it will not affect data unless you attempt to convert the drive with data still on it.

After you import your data you can convert your dynamic disk to a basic disk if you so desire.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309044
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September 21, 2012 5:13:40 PM

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September 21, 2012 5:26:00 PM

edogawa said:
Go into 'Disk-Management' right click on that drive and select import; you should be able to assign a drive letter.

A dynamic disk will show up as foreign to a different OS, and have to be imported. Importing will import the system configuration and allow Windows to use the dynamic disk by adding information to the registry; it will not affect data unless you attempt to convert the drive with data still on it.

After you import your data you can convert your dynamic disk to a basic disk if you so desire.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309044


That worked perfectly! What would be the advantage of changing to Basic disk rather than Dynamic?
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October 30, 2012 9:48:06 PM

I have a similar problem with the same situation, except the drive won't show up in disk management, just the BIOS.
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November 17, 2012 12:49:05 PM

biofall said:
I have a similar problem with the same situation, except the drive won't show up in disk management, just the BIOS.


Have you been able to resolve this issue?
I have same problem - cannot find solution in documentation ot on the net.
Thanks

Isaac
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