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Windows 7: SSD not showing up in Windows 7

09 Jul 2015   #1
MUFC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
SSD not showing up in Windows 7

Hi,
I have recently been trying to install Elementary OS on an SSD that I bought a while ago but never used. It worked, but I thought I would try Ubuntu instead so I formatted the hard drive and then installed ubuntu via a USB drive. I then thought that Elementary was a lot nicer so I tried going back to that but I got an error message: Errno 5. I tried with a different USB and I still got it so I went back onto Windows on my primary hard drive and the SSD was not in my computer anymore. Since then I have tried many things to get the SSD discoverable by Windows again including post #2 on this thread and also karlsnooks' suggestions in this thread but nothing has worked. I got it to be seen by Windows using the suggestions in the second thread and even formatted it while I could see it but when I restarted my PC it went away again. I can see the SSD in BIOS as well so I know that all connections are secure. Worst comes to worst I can install Linux on my third HDD which works but I really would not like my SSD to be useless as it was quite expensive!

P.S. The SSD is a Kingston 240GB ATA


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09 Jul 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Is it shown in Disk Management? and does it have a letter assigned if so?
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09 Jul 2015   #3
MUFC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It is shown in disk management but it does not have a letter and is not present in my computer
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09 Jul 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

In Disk Management, right click the partition and "Change Drive Letter and Paths". Click Add and give a drive letter. It should be shown as that drive letter in Explorer now.
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09 Jul 2015   #5
MUFC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Trust me, I have tried a lot more than just that. I have tried diskpart in cmd.exe, updating firmware, updating BIOS, everything. In regard to disk management, everything is greyed out except delete.
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09 Jul 2015   #6
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Oh, tried formatting with NTFS using Partition Wizard free yet? Linux has a different file format unrecognized by Windows. PW should be able to see it. You can also try deleting the partition and recreating one, formatted with NTFS.
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09 Jul 2015   #7
MUFC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Tried both of those methods already. This is pretty much my last resort before just completely throwing it away (which I really would not like to do) because whatever I do, it simply reverts after a restart.
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14 Jul 2015   #8
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you would like to try another one. In Partition Wizard there is an option to download a bootable ISO, use an app like Rufus to make a bootable CD/USB. Boot with it, delete and format the SSD, and make sure you apply the changes (menu option in PW) before you restart PC.
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14 Jul 2015   #9
MUFC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't worry I fixed it. Not sure how but one of the formats just worked.
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