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Windows 7: Windows 7 Won;t Recognize my HDD

22 Jun 2009   #1
anothrnbdy

Windows XP, Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 Won;t Recognize my HDD

I just installed the RC1 (Build 7100) from Build 7077 and my secondary 500gb HDD will not show up in explorer. I've checked my BIOS and it is listed there as a slave. How can I get Win7 to recognize my HDD?

Many thanks.


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22 Jun 2009   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The first step to take when any separate hard drive internal or external isn't seen with an assigned drive letter is to vist the Disk Management tool. That's found in the "Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Storage".

If the drive is seen "offline" that will mean you will need to see it initialized provided there is an MS partition on the drive like Fat32 or NTFS and not raw, unpartitioned or any other partition type for another OS like Linux. For Linux you would need a separate tool available to see it mounted in Windows.

Sometimes all you need to do there is click the refresh or rescan options if there isn't any prompting to format the drive. Then you simply right click on the visible partition and select the change drive letter option in order to select a free drive letter.
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22 Jun 2009   #3
anothrnbdy

Windows XP, Windows 7
 
 

That worked. Thank you very much!
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22 Jun 2009   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Glad to see you got that going and didn't end up needing to format it! That can happen at times when Windows for some reason won't mount a drive fully.
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