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Windows 7: Windows does not see HDD

29 Sep 2010   #11
DocBrown

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

Sometimes I put the HDD in another computer to pre-format it.


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29 Sep 2010   #12
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

I don't have access to another computer in my home, but I suppose I could take take the drive to a retailer.
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29 Sep 2010   #13
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennicus View Post
Sygnus21, the HDD appears in the CMOS Setup Utility, so I do think the connection is okay.
It doesn't hurt to double check that the controller is enabled. Only takes a second and leaves no doubt

Point being that it should show up in the Windows Management console.
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29 Sep 2010   #14
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Try this

Start -> Right Click Computer -> Properties
Device Manager (on left side)
Click the Disk Drives arrow to show the list
Find Your Drive You Installed Here
Right Click on the Drive -> Uninstall
After the SATA HDD disappears, click the Action menu -> Scan For Hardware Changes

Your drivers for you HDD may need updating
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29 Sep 2010   #15
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Oh, I don't even see the HDD in Device Manager. I can only see it in the CMOS.
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29 Sep 2010   #16
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hi Prof Kerfuffle,

His problem is that the drive isn't showing up in the console. So doing your procedure may not work. But as I said in one of my posts, it doesn't hurt to try

@ glennicus,

Give this a try to see if the drive is showing up. If not, obviously Windows isn't seeing the drive, which say either BIOS setting or bad drive. - WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS > WD Caviar Black

Good luck.
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29 Sep 2010   #17
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

It didn't show up there either. I have been looking at my ATA controllers in the Device Manager. I have two channels (0 and 1). Both indicate that they are working, but only channel 1 has an option to disable. No such option exists for channel 0, which suggests that it isn't enabled. But I don't see how to enable it.
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29 Sep 2010   #18
cloud8521

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennicus View Post
Oh, I don't even see the HDD in Device Manager. I can only see it in the CMOS.
do this,

right click "my computer" and choose "manage"

on the sidebar choose "Disk management"

wait for it to read what you have.

find the disk, then right click on the part that says "disk #"

choose "initialize"

go though the wizard

(make it a MBR, if you want compatibility with more then just windows 7, windows vista and the last 2 windows servers)

then right click on the large white area and chose "new partition" go though the wizard and this will format it (remember to assign it a drive letter)
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29 Sep 2010   #19
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thank you Cloud8521, but I don't see the drive under Disk Management. Windows has not in any way detected my drive, although it does appear in the BIOS.
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29 Sep 2010   #20
cloud8521

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennicus View Post
Thank you Cloud8521, but I don't see the drive under Disk Management. Windows has not in any way detected my drive, although it does appear in the BIOS.
is this your only sata drive?
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