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Windows 7: Windows does not see HDD

29 Sep 2010   #21
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

No, I the SSD that houses the OS is also connected via SATA.


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29 Sep 2010   #22
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

With all due respect please read the thread befor posting. Some of you are suggesting the same things that has already been discussed.

Anyways @ glennicus, sounds like you have a controller issue. Might want to give that BIOS a good look over.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennicus View Post
which suggests that it isn't enabled. But I don't see how to enable it.
What model and make is your MB? Can you post a link.

Thanks.
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29 Sep 2010   #23
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Out of curiousity... does the SSD drive have a jumper pin?
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29 Sep 2010   #24
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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.
Once again, as you have been told but do not seem to understand - the computer can't see your hard drive because it is not 'formatted' (only at base level) and has no boot sector written on it.

Stick your Win7 disk in and format it - make sure you disconnect any other hard drives first so you don't make a mistake.

Another way to do it is go to Western Digital website, download their utility and format/partition to hearts content!
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29 Sep 2010   #25
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Neo101, I do realize that, but the drive simply is not available to be formatted. The drive does not appear as an option via either the Windows 7 disc or the Western Digital format utility.

Sygnus21, the motherboard I'm using is an MSI X58 Platinum. MSI Global – Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

The SSD does not have a jumper pin, either.

I do appreciate all of the help.
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29 Sep 2010   #26
DocBrown

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

From the link you gave, it looks like your MB has 8 Sata port connections. They are numbered on th MB. Which drives do you have connected to which numbered port? Is your DVD drive Sata or IDE ?
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29 Sep 2010   #27
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neo101 View Post
Once again, as you have been told but do not seem to understand - the computer can't see your hard drive because it is not 'formatted' (only at base level) and has no boot sector written on it
neo101, If you read the entire thread, you'd have an understanding of why the OP can't format his drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neo101 View Post
Another way to do it is go to Western Digital website, download their utility and format/partition to hearts content!
Hmmm.... link??? (for Windows 7)


@ glennicus,

Looking at your MB manual, you have 8 SATA ports, try switching you HD to another port, but make sure you're not hooked up to ports 7 & 8. (pg 2-15)

BTW I would suggest you look through your manual for BIOS settings. Have a look at page 3-6. If you don't have the manual download it here - MSI Global €“ Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

Good luck
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29 Sep 2010   #28
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Doc has got the right idea for a possible solution!

You can ONLY use certain Sata connections for hard drives - the rest are for slower DVDs etc. Check yer manual!

I presume you have West Digital Blue 3Gps SSD sata drive - is there an extra 'bios' setting to enable flash drives to work? Normally 'AHCI' setting!
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29 Sep 2010   #29
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hmmm.... link??? (for Windows 7)


[/QUOTE]

Advanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility
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29 Sep 2010   #30
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neo101 View Post
Hmmm.... link??? (for Windows 7)

Advanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility[/QUOTE]

Please read what you lined to.

Quote:
WD Advanced Format drives are specifically optimized for Mac and the latest Windows operating systems such as Windows Vista and Windows 7 with a clean install. Advanced Format Technology is being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiency, thus enabling larger drive capacities.

Using your WD Advanced Format Hard Drive with a Windows Operating System may require you to run the WD Align Windows software utility after you install your operating system or partition and format the drive as a secondary drive. The WD Align software aligns existing partitions on the Advanced Format drive to ensure it provides full performance for certain configurations. (Please see table for configuration details)
What this says is WD has certain hard drives that use an Advanced format algorithm. That this algorithm is ALREADY optimized for Vista and Window 7. If you're running Window XP, than you would need to use the WD Align utility.

In short, this "tool" you lined to DOES not format the hard drive. There's nothing to be done, and the hard drive would still need to be formatted.

Please read this on WD's advanced format drives... Exploring WD's Advanced Format HD Technology - HotHardware Note that the hard drive says "Advanced Format Drive"

Also this.... http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/librar...579-771430.pdf

The drive the OP has IS NOT an Advanced Format drive.

Quote:
What models utilize Advanced Format technology?
Some models of the WD Caviar Green and WD Scorpio Blue product families are built using Advanced Format technology. Over time more models and capacities will be added. WD drives with Advanced Format technology include special installation information on the drive label so be sure to read the label on your drive before installing it.
Thanks.
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