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Windows 7: New Windows 7 install, cannot detect my 2nd harddrive (except in BIOS)

16 Oct 2011   #1
Mdwst1811

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
New Windows 7 install, cannot detect my 2nd harddrive (except in BIOS)

Hey all! Thanks in advance for any help for a new Windows 7 user.

Yesterday I ran into the 'Installing Step 3 of 3' reboot loop of death on my Dell XPS Windows Vista machine and I had to take the plunge and get some professional help to (hopefully - it was $80 at CompUSA and they did it in about 6 hours) backup all my documents and pictures on that drive to an old, internal drive, that I had sitting in the machine from when I upgraded to a bigger better harddrive last fall in preparation for a new MMO release ( I know.. I know... ).

I was never able to get the two harddrives working in Vista together, but I had hopes with a new OEM Windows 7 Home Premium install that perhaps I would get lucky enough to plug both in and BAM, Windows 7 would see the old Vista drive and I'd happily copy over ITUNES, pictures, Word documents etc.

In BIOS the machine sees the drive in SATA 1 (the bigger, newer, Western Digital drive is in SATA 0).

I've come in Windows 7, did the right click Computer->Manage->Storage->Disk Management look and I don't see it listed as per one forum posting to 'enable' it.

In System Tools->Device Manager->Disk Drives it doesn't show up either.

Am I missing something in BIOS?

Sorry if I'm missing any information, I'll try to fill in anything I can. Thanks!


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16 Oct 2011   #2
oboedad55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm sure you thought of this, but just in case, are you sure the drive in question is working? The BIOS may see it, but if it can still be bad. I've had that with some old IDE drives that died, they couldn't be formatted, they were just shot.
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