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Windows 7: Windows does not see HDD

29 Sep 2010   #31
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Scrapped due to total confusion


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29 Sep 2010   #32
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

He did mention he has a Caviar black.
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29 Sep 2010   #33
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
He did mention he has a Caviar black.
lol he did TOO!

And the SSD is a blue?

WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR SIMPLER JUST TO POST

"Win 7 can't see my new Sata? Caviar Black 2TB/1TB drive"

As I own three of the things - one was D.O.A. when sent to me - just a possiblity!

Carry on
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29 Sep 2010   #34
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennicus View Post
So I need to find a way to manually initialize the HDD?

Thank you all for your help.
Western Digital
Punters guide on how to do it

Windows 7

Note: This procedure is for adding a new blank hard drive to your computer, or a drive that you have done a Write Zero's to, using our Data LifeGuard Diagnostics software.
Occasionally, a hard drive may not be detected by a computer running Windows 7. If that is the case, you may need to initialize (write a signature to) the drive. The drive could be a newly purchased internal drive or an internal/external drive that you have done a Write Zeros to. If your drive is not detected by Windows 7 when you check Computer or Windows Explorer, follow the steps below.
  1. Right-click on the Computer icon on the desktop or in the Start Menu.
  2. Left-click on Manage.
  3. Left-click on Disk Management.
  4. Usually, the Initialize Disk Wizard will appear automatically when you open Disk Management. If you have more than one blank drive that needs to be initialized it will list them. Make sure that there is a check in the box of the drive that needs to be initialized and then left-click on the Ok button. If the wizard does show up, go to step 5. If the wizard does not show up, please see the note and additional images directly below.
See the diagrams/rest here (it may give you a bit more info on how to suss it)
How to initialize or write a signature to a secondary hard drive or Solid State drive in Windows (7, Vista, XP, 2000)

Other than that
need to set jumper on motherboard/in bios for 3Gbs compatability,
check rear of hard drive pin jumper correct for setting 3GB/s
try different sata connector on m/board
try different sata? lead
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29 Sep 2010   #35
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thank you all for your interest in my problem.

I believe that the problem is the SATA connectors that I've been using. Without giving it much thought, I merely plugged these two drives into the slots occupied by the drives that failed. Those drives were in a RAID configuration and definitely occupied slots 7 and 8. This never occurred to me, and I'm sorry that I didn't read through the motherboard manual. I'm going to crack the case again and switch slots.
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29 Sep 2010   #36
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Yep, that was the problem, and it is now solved. As soon as I switched the SATA jacks, I was able to format the drive without any trouble. As you can tell, I'm a complete amateur, and it simply never occurred to me that something like that could be the problem.

Thank you all so very much for the time you've put into solving this for me.
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29 Sep 2010   #37
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm glad we were able to help solve it.

Thanks, and good luck

Peace
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29 Sep 2010   #38
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Glad we got you to a solution & thanks for getting back
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