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Windows 7: My PC doesn't see the new hard drive

16 Aug 2013   #1
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
My PC doesn't see the new hard drive

I plan to install a new HDD. I want to clone the old one onto the new. I have the necessary wires connected (done this before) but when I go to Start>Computer> I see the existing C disk displayed but not the new one. I disconnect the new one and attach an older drive I use for backup. It shows up immediately.
I disconnect it and reconnect the new one- nothing!

But, when I have the new one connected and I open WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic, it sees and will run a test on the new HDD. I tried Hard Disk Sentinel and it sees the new HDD. But Win7 won't recognize it.

Is there something I need to do to activate the new HDD so I can begin cloning?
John


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16 Aug 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Is the new drive formatted? Try formatting it first before cloning.
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16 Aug 2013   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Have you check to see if it appears in Disk Management? Your computer may not be assigning it a drive letter.
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17 Aug 2013   #4
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I can't format it if the computer doesn't see it.
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17 Aug 2013   #5
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Have you looked in disk management yet? If it isn't formatted, it will show in disk management but it won't be assigned a drive letter. Sometimes even it is formatted it won't be assigned one for some reason.
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18 Aug 2013   #6
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I did find it in Device Manager and was successful in formatting/cloning. It seems to be working OK.
Thanlks
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07 Dec 2013   #7
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I have the same problem. How can you format form Device Manager?
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07 Dec 2013   #8
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

You can't, you need to use disk management. In the lower half of the screen, right click the drive and select new simple partition and follow the prompts. To get to disk management, right click computer, select manage, and select disk management from the left column.
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08 Dec 2013   #9
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

A new HDD can also be prepped and formatted fronm the bootable WD CD....or Seagate...or any other HDD manuf. diagnostics CD...
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