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Windows 7: HELP! Secondary Hard Drive Issue


16 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 
HELP! Secondary Hard Drive Issue

I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit. I installed a secondary drive (Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX) today. The secondary drive shows up on the device manager and bios, but does not appear in my windows explorer. I've also included a picture of the disk management below.



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16 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Home Edition
 
 

Hello there viyu!

Sorry to hear you are having some troubles setting up your new hard drive, but it seems you haven't said if you had done any of the steps on initializing and formatting your hard drive. So I will provide a few short steps on how to do so.

1. Hit the start menu and in the search at the bottom type in disk management, I do believe you have it open in the picture already so that is the first thing.

2.Right click on your unallocated hard drive and click initialize this should open up a new menu keep MBR checked off and make sure you have the proper hard drive checked off.

3.After that is done right click on the hard drive again and click format and it should take you through a step by step process which is fairly simple and make sure you keep it on NTSF and then select your hard drive letter.


That should be everything to get your new hard drive up and running, If I have missed anything I am sure some one will correct me or add their advice into what I have missed!

Good luck!
Swifty.
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16 Oct 2012   #3

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hum Swifty I am wondering if the drive is actually set up right or not and am thinking perhaps running the DISKPART on it again might do the trick.

I know this is for an SSD but I do it on HDD's as well - the alignment bi that is.


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16 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Swifty's advice is correct. A drive ships unformatted, so you need to tell the computer how to format it and which letter to assign to the drive.
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16 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Home Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hum Swifty I am wondering if the drive is actually set up right or not and am thinking perhaps running the DISKPART on it again might do the trick.

I know this is for an SSD but I do it on HDD's as well - the alignment bi that is.
Everything looks good there the only thing I would look out for is if you are using an operating system older than Windows 7 for the SDD to look at the partition primary alignment that may change when using another OS.
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16 Oct 2012   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swifty View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hum Swifty I am wondering if the drive is actually set up right or not and am thinking perhaps running the DISKPART on it again might do the trick.

I know this is for an SSD but I do it on HDD's as well - the alignment bi that is.
Everything looks good there the only thing I would look out for is if you are using an operating system older than Windows 7 for the SDD to look at the partition primary alignment that may change when using another OS.
Ok Swifty got you I just assumed the OP was using 7
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