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Windows 7: Original hard drive not seen, can't format

29 Dec 2014   #31

Win 7/Pro 64-bit
My problem solved

The problem appears to be fixed. I'm writing this from my Windows 10 test machine -- on my Windows 7 machine (discussed above) I did a system search on "partition" -- did this because I remembered that the Windows 7 partition manager had a facility to recognize an unformatted drive, declare it as a "simple" drive, and then format it. So I opened up "Disk Management" and found both SSD's listed, but one was not active (or something like that -- it had a black bar on it indicating that it was not an active drive, whilst the boot SSD had a blue drive and was assigned a drive letter ("C"). So I clicked on it to make it active -- note -- that is likely not the correct term, but Windows 10 at this point has no system maintenance tools, and I'll not mess with the system in trouble until all is fixed). In doing so, I specified that the new SSD is to be drive "D". Once that process was completed (as I recall, it was almost immediate), I then started the formatting (about 1 1/2 hours ago). This will take a long time, because it is only about 18% done. But I can wait.

So, the trick for me was to fine the partition manager, which is part of "Disk Management" ... I had used that utility several years ago -- the trick for me finding it was to search in Windows Help on "partition."

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 Original hard drive not seen, can't format

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