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Windows 7: Windows does not see HDD

29 Sep 2010   #1
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Windows does not see HDD

I've just installed a new SSD and HDD and installed Windows 7 on the SSD. The HDD does not appear in Windows Explorer, Device Manager, or in Disk Management. I can see it in the CMOS Setup Utility.

I'd appreciate any advice in getting Windows to see the drive.


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29 Sep 2010   #2
Prof Kerfuffle

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

Have you set the jumper pins?
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29 Sep 2010   #3
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

I have not. I didn't use them on my previous set-up (a RAID with two HDDs), and this new HDD did not come with any. Is that what I've done wrong? How should I configure the pins?
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29 Sep 2010   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Did you format the hard drive? If not, do so.
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29 Sep 2010   #5
DocBrown

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

Is the HDD Sata or IDE ?
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29 Sep 2010   #6
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

The HDD is SATA (Western Digital Caviar Black), and I have not formatted the hard drive. I thought formatting was something I would within Windows Disk Management.
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29 Sep 2010   #7
DocBrown

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

Normally you should get an option to initialize the Sata HDD & then you can format it in Disk Management
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29 Sep 2010   #8
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennicus View Post
The HDD is SATA (Western Digital Caviar Black), and I have not formatted the hard drive. I thought formatting was something I would within Windows Disk Management.
True. Double check the connections and give it another try. Also, I know you said you saw the drive in CMOS, but double check that the SATA/IDE controller is Enabled. Maybe you missed that?

And you don't need any jumper pins. I use Western Digital drives all the time. In fact I have 3 in my system now. All without jumper pins.
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29 Sep 2010   #9
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

So I need to find a way to manually initialize the HDD?

Thank you all for your help.
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29 Sep 2010   #10
glennicus

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Sygnus21, the HDD appears in the CMOS Setup Utility, so I do think the connection is okay.
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