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Windows 7: New Build - Drive Recognition Problems

06 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
New Build - Drive Recognition Problems

I just finished my first desktop build and installed Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I've got 2 drives: Drive #1 (OCZ Vertex 3 SSD - 120G) and Drive #2 (WD Caviar Black - 1TB). I'm using Drive #1 as the Boot Disk where "programs only" will be installed, and Drive #2 will be used for storage. Everything seemed to go fine, except after installation, Explorer did not recognize Drive #2; but, the Device Manager did see it. It is calling Drive #1, "Disk 1." It is calling Drive #2, "Disk 0."

Under Device Properties/ Volumes Tab, this is what my Disk #2 (the WD Caviar Black) is showing:

Disk: Disk 0
Type: Unknown
Status: Not Initialized
Partition Type: Not applicable
Capacity: 953870 MB
Unallocated Space: 0 MB
Reserved Space: 0 MB

After searching various forums for information, this is what I did:
1. I accessed the disk this way: Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Storage>Disk Management
2. I located the disk under Disk Management, then right-clicked and chose Initialize Disk

This seemed to work, however, it was now recognized as Drive E, since Drive D was the name already given to my DVD drive. I should have stopped there, but since I am very picky and want everything to be just so, I temporarily renamed my DVD drive to Drive F, so that I could rename the newly recognized Drive E to Drive D. Then, after renaming Drive E to Drive D, I noticed something strange --my newly renamed Drive D (the WD Caviar Black - 1TB), showed a total capacity of 99.9 MB! As it turned out, what happened is that 99.9 MB of my Drive C got partitioned into a Drive D. I have no idea how this happened -- I have been extremely careful. Now I'm stuck. My WD Caviar Black - 1TB, is back to being unrecognized by Explorer, but is recognized by the Device Manager. . . and my OCZ Vertex 3 has been partitioned into Drives C and D, which I don't want.

Can anyone help me figure out how to remove the partition on the OCZ drive, and help me to get Explorer to recognize my WD drive?

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07 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


I just tried to boot up my new build so that I could do the screen capture, but the boot failed. It says that BOOTMGR is missing. I had previously tried to remove the "D" partition myself, but it must have contained some data. I did check on this first before deleting, but it said the partition was empty -- it must have lied to me.

This is a new build -- the only thing installed was Windows 7 -- I had not yet gotten to the point of registration or checking for updates. If it is best to wipe everything out and start over from scratch, I have no hesitation in doing that. If that is recommended, I just need to know the best way to do this. Obviously, I have much to learn -- I know just enough to be dangerous!

If I do a reinstall, is there something I should do in BIOS first to get the system to recognize my second drive? Do I need to initialize my second drive somehow before installing Windows 7?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 May 2011   #4

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

What happened is since you had both drives installed when you installed Windows 7, it saw the 1TB drive as drive 0 and installed the 100MB reserved boot partition there. (It always installs this on the first drive it sees, in this case drive 0)
Then it installed the operating system on the SSD.
I would disconnect the TB drive and reinstall Windows 7 on the SSD.
Then reinstall the 1TB drive.
Then make sure that the SSD is the first drive in the boot priority in the BIOS.

Edit: Where are you connecting the SSD?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


Both the SSD and the HDD are SATA3. I have two SATA3 ports on my motherboard – so that’s where they are connected. I made sure to get a motherboard with the new Marvell 88SE9182 chip so that my Vertex 3 would be able to operate at its full potential. The SSD is set to boot first under BIOS, followed by the DVD drive. I thought that would prevent any problems.

So, you are saying that all I need to do is disconnect the HDD, put in the Windows 7 disk and reinstall Windows 7? Will this create any duplicate files that will clutter my SSD? Do I need to run FDISK on the SDD, or do something else to wipe it clean first? Do I need to do something to remove the partition first, or will reinstalling Windows 7 remove the partition?
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07 May 2011   #6

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

I would use the secure erase function from the OCZ toolbox and then reinstall Windows 7 to the unallocated drive drive. No other drive connected.

If you have been to the OCZ forum yet, I would take a look. Lots of good info.

SandForce - Vertex2/LE/Pro, Agility2, Vertex2/Agility2 EX Drives, REVO and HSDL drives
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


Thanks for the tip! I downloaded and did the Secure Erase on the Vertex 3 SSD. Then I shut down, unhooked the WD HDD, rebooted and installed Windows 7. I then restarted and did all 74 windows updates. Then I shut down, plugged the WD HDD back in, restarted, and checked Explorer for the WD HDD – but it was not there. As before, I can find it under the Device Manager.

What do I do now to get Explorer to recognize this WD HDD?

By the way, in case you are wondering why my Vertex 3 SSD is nearly half full, I've also installed Office Professional 2010 and Adobe CS5 Design Premium Suite.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 May 2011   #8

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

Is there anything on the 1TB drive?
If there is nothing on the 1TB drive, just right click on it in disk management and create a simple volume and quick format it.
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08 May 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello jiroband, welcome to Seven Forums!

This tutorial at the link below shows how to create Primary partitions from the unallocated space.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Also Method One of this tutorial shows another partition structure that is very useful.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


Thanks - the right-click, Create Simple Volume, then Quick Format worked
! (By the way, I did the Secure Erase on that drive first -- to make sure it was clean.)
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