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Windows 7: HDD not appearing in Windows Explorer

25 Dec 2012   #1
T0M95

32-bit Windows 7
 
 
HDD not appearing in Windows Explorer

I just got a 1TB WD Blach HDD, and I plugged it in fine but it's not showing up in Computer. Going into Disk Management shows an unnamed HDD with that amount of space, so it's detecting it but not as a location that I can save things to. My last resort is using it as my sole HDD and re-downloading everything, but my intention was to use this new 1TB one with my original 350GB HDD. Any ideas?


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25 Dec 2012   #2
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Have you tried formatting it? (if it was empty, don't do it if it was full)

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My last resort is using it as my sole HDD and re-downloading everything, but my intention was to use this new 1TB one with my original 350GB HDD.
Can you clarify? what did you do here?

Can you post a screenshot of disk management? how to post screenshots here
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25 Dec 2012   #3
T0M95

32-bit Windows 7
 
 

Well what I did is leave my old 350GB HDD where it was and connect the new one to another SATA port. I figured I could use them both at once.

Here's a screen of disk management. The DVD is just a driver for my monitor ( which I'm having some trouble with too, but that's for another time).
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25 Dec 2012   #4
T0M95

32-bit Windows 7
 
 

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25 Dec 2012   #5
T0M95

32-bit Windows 7
 
 

Wait, nevermind, I fixed it. Not to be that guy, I got the solution from this article

Install an extra hard disk in your PC - PC Advisor

For future people who have this problem
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25 Dec 2012   #6
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Looks like there is no partition on it. Was it like this since when you first connected it?

If yes, you must create a new partition on it (or more than one, if you want to keep it more tidy) if you want to use it. This tutorial tells you how.

If you had data on that already and it became like that just out of the blue, it's another matter.

EDIT: Ah, nevermind then. Glad you fixed on your own.
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