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Windows 7: hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

06 Nov 2013   #1
PERSIL

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you


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06 Nov 2013   #2
MadGala

Windows XP x86 Service Pack 2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL View Post
I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you
Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD


Hpe it helps!

Gala
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06 Nov 2013   #3
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

if the drive is seen in disk management it may just not be assigned a letter yet, right click on it and choose set letter path and then add one.
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