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Windows 7: installed new storage hard drive, cant see it in my computer

30 May 2012   #1
socrgy9

windows 7 64bit on both
 
 
installed new storage hard drive, cant see it in my computer

i have a 640gb hard drive for my computer and a 2tb hard drive as storage. i just installed a second 2tb hard drive for more storage, but i can't see it in my computer.

i got the little message in the bottom right when the computer logged on saying device driver software successfully installed. i opened up Speccy and can see the 3rd drive there. i can see it under drives in the device manager too. but its not in "my computer."

i wasnt expecting this to be a problem and am not sure where to go from here.


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30 May 2012   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You will probably need to initalize & format the new drive in Disk Management


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30 May 2012   #3
Lykho

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

did you restart after the driver install message to see if that would change anything?

are any disk letters hidden? (you can try changing its disk letter with Disk Management)

would the jumper (slave/master) settings on the drive effect how it's accessible?
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30 May 2012   #4
Lykho

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
You will probably need to initalize & format the new drive in Disk Management
is it only external drives that come pre-formatted?
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30 May 2012   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

All bare HD's I have installed (SATA & IDE) have needed to be formatted.
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30 May 2012   #6
socrgy9

windows 7 64bit on both
 
 

just needed to be formatted. thanks! i didnt know how to get to where i could do that but your pics helped perfectly.

thank you! problem solved.
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30 May 2012   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Well Done socrgy9

A screen Snip is always worth a thousand words
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