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Windows 7: SSD not appearing in Computer

13 Apr 2011   #1
andysfile

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 
SSD not appearing in Computer

I've installed a new SSD as a secondary drive and it has worked for two days. At the moment, I can't see any mention of it in Computer (Windows Explorer) but the BIOS detects it.
There is a screenshot below of the disk manager, I believe Disk 2 should be the 120GB Intel X-25M G2 SSD:


Also, ignore the 8GB drive listed there, it's just a harmless USB.

How do I fix this? I don't have any data worth keeping on it so I'm quite happy to get a blowtorch and format the drive if needed.


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14 Apr 2011   #2
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'd recommend you boot into a Linux live cd and reformat the SSD. I would not recommend touching that disk 2 one unless you are certain it's the SSD.
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14 Apr 2011   #3
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

We need to see more of the graphical portion of the screen. It looks like there are a few more physical drives there, one or more likely shows as unallocated or not initialized, that's where your SSD would show if it's never been formatted.
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14 Apr 2011   #4
andysfile

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

It was formatted and I used it for a bit until recently with this.
Here are some more pictures




After Hard Drive Diagnostics (SSD is in SATA 4, ignore the rest).


BIOS can't see SSD properly anymore.
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17 Apr 2011   #5
andysfile

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Any suggestions?
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17 Apr 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

See whether you can get it with elevated Command Prompt. use these commands each followed by Enter:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)

Create partition primary align=1024
Active (assuming you want to install an OS)
Exit
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17 Apr 2011   #7
andysfile

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Didn't seem to detect the 120GB SSD:
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17 Apr 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are right. It seems to be AWOL. Did you try another port? Also, did you set the BIOS to AHCI?
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25 Apr 2011   #9
andysfile

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

My motherboard doesn't support AHCI but I switched SATA ports and got the same messages D:
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