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Windows 7: Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show Up

15 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show Up

I just built a computer and I have a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD as my primary drive and a 500GB WD Caviar Blue as my secondary drive. The issue is that Windows 7 doesn't recognize the WD Caviar Blue, only the SSD. Both the BIOS and the Device Manager recognize the WD Hard Drive it just doesn't show up in Windows 7.

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15 Aug 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Does it show up in Disk Management?? Can you assign a drive letter to it there?
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15 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Im going to try to do that right now
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15 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It's actually not in there. I'll post a picture of my disk management then you analyze it.


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15 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It needs to be formatted and then assigned a drive letter. It looks like you may have the SATA ports reversed as well, since the installer picked up the WD drive before your SSD.
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15 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What do you mean by the SATA ports? They are both plugged innto SATA 6GB's sockets as they're both SATA 6GB's drives.
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15 Aug 2011   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Not sure how you got that 100 MB E partition. I'm guessing you had the 500 GB drive plugged in when you installed Windows onto the SSD??

I thought you meant you couldn't see the drive at all. Looks like it there OK and just needs to be formatted as the Deacon says.
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15 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The 100MB partition is from the 500GB drive it's the system file partition. BUt how do I format the drive. There isn't that option...
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15 Aug 2011   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

The SATA port thing probably doesn't matter, but you might swap cables on two ports you are using so that the SSD shows up first as drive 0 rather than drive 1. As I say, it may not matter. I have had a system running with the OS partition as drive 1 for years with no issues.
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15 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

So seeing my disk management, what would you say to do?
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