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Windows 7: Additional storage HD

31 May 2012   #1

win 7 x64
 
 
Additional storage HD

I have physically installed and hooked up my additional hard drive, a sata3 1 tb drive.
My booting drive, a 320 is a sata3 as well so i have no master/slave switches.

How do i make my computer recognize the 2nd drive and format it for use?
When I boot up nothing shows up in My Computer

Help me
Thank you

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31 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yp89CCp View Post
I have physically installed and hooked up my additional hard drive, a sata3 1 tb drive.
My booting drive, a 320 is a sata3 as well so i have no master/slave switches.

How do i make my computer recognize the 2nd drive and format it for use?
When I boot up nothing shows up in My Computer

Help me
Thank you
Go into the Bios of your computer (it will be something like the del key, f8, f12, f10, esc, f2, etc). You have to do this before Windows starts loading.
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31 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It should already be showing in the BIOS< but it doesn't hurt to check. The usual next step is to boot into Windows, go into Disk Management, and format the drive. That processes will assign it a drive letter and make it visible.
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31 May 2012   #4

win 7 x64
 
 

So I get into the bios and then what do i do?
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01 Jun 2012   #5

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

See if the new HD shows up in Disk Management.

Start Computer Management Disk Management

It should show up as an UnAllocated disk

It then needs to be Initialized & Formatted


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01 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

You first will need to click in the unallocated space and select the "create new volume" option. Once you have a new primary on the drive you can right click again and select the format option for NTFS. The volume creation wizard will prompt about mbr and label for the new volume.


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01 Jun 2012   #7

win 7 x64
 
 

only my boot C shows up in disk management
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01 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Check the 7 pin data cable as well as the 15pin power feed at the back of the drive. You want to be sure those are both plugged in securely as well as checking the 7 pin at the board end to see if it is plugged in fully there too.

If you find each one is secure try a different 7pin if you have another lying around. Every so often I'll run into one that isn't so good. Plus that will rule that out.
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