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Windows 7: Hard drive not showing up (even in disk manager)

28 Feb 2010   #11
codemonkey

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

So any other ideas? I'm guessing its a driver thing but there are none on the WD website.


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28 Feb 2010   #12
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There should be no extra driver required unless it is for RAID or ACHI and Windows 7 has a fairly complete set on its DVD. Have you tried uninstalling the drive in the device manager and rebooting?
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28 Feb 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In principle, pbcopter is right. No special driver should be required. What makes me think though is that other people seemed to have the same problem. And if it does not show up in device manager or disk management, there is little you can do. Reference: WD Caviar Green 1TB Drive (WD10EADS) with Unrecognized Drives so cannot load Windows 7.
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28 Feb 2010   #14
codemonkey

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

It actually does show up in the device manager, just says there isnt a driver to work with. It works under ubuntu though....would there be a way (this is a long shot) to run my VMware with an ubuntu live image and access the drive from there?
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28 Feb 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by codemonkey View Post
It actually does show up in the device manager, just says there isnt a driver to work with. It works under ubuntu though....would there be a way (this is a long shot) to run my VMware with an ubuntu live image and access the drive from there?
Ah, if it shows up in Device Manager it should also show in Disk Management. There you go into the left pane of the drive (where it says Drive 0, 1, etc.), right click and do an Initialize. After that you can right click in the right pane and quick format it and assign a drive letter.
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