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installing internal SATA HD, not showing in "Computer Mangement"


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#1 cgtway

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 07:54 PM

Hi All,

 

I've just taken delivery of a new PC that I had built for me, and I'm having trouble getting an internal SATA hard drive to be recognised by the OS (it doesn't show up at all in "Computer Management/Storage/DiskManagement").

 

I'll admit to a massive lack of expertise with Windows, but I'm quite comfortable doing simple things like plugging in SATA data and power cables. So, I've tried two different data cables with no success, and I've confirmed that that the drive is getting power.

 

I know that the new drive is viable, because I put it into my Mac and it showed there (didn't format it though). 

 

This new PC is running Windows 10 Pro, the drive is a Western Digital Green 4TB. Anything else I can list that'll help people to (hopefully) guide me towards a solution?

 

Many thanks in advance for any assistance. It's interesting to be a rank beginner again, but also a bit frustrating.

 

Cheers!

 

Chas



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 09:15 AM

Firstly, is the disk detected in UEFI? You may need to enable the SATA port the 4TB drive is attached to in UEFI. If the drive is detected then check Disk Management for a disk listed as "Not Initialized". If there is then right click and initialize. Then create a simple volume and format. If you have the make and model of the motherboard then go to the makers support site and download the manual if you do not yet have it.

 

Edit: If the disk is showing in UEFI but not Disk Management then download and run Mintools Partition Wizard. Because the drive is 4TB you need to initialize it as GPT first. Then partition and format to your preference. All steps in Partition Wizard are virtual and do not complete until you press Apply. You can discard the steps by cancelling them if you did something wrong. 



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 02:07 PM

Ok, wow, that was a lot of learning for me to do! I couldn't have started without your reply to my post, so thanks very very much.

 

I now know what UEFI is, just about everything about my new motherboard (it's a Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5, by the way), and even how to accidentally pull out several cables and then figure out where they go again (just LED cables, which are only held in by friction, but I didn't know they were LED cables, so there was a bit of a panic at first :-)

 

It turns out that I just needed to activate the relevant SATA port in UEFI, though it took a while for me to work out how to even find the relevant screen. There are 10 SATA ports on this motherboard, and two of them weren't activated (the two I tried, of course). The drive is now showing in Disk Management, and I've successfully initialised and formatted.

 

This 4TB drive is all about backup, by the way. Can you recommend a good Windows backup strategy? Sorry, utterly basic info I'm sure, but I can trade with extensive backup strategies for Macs, if you'd like ;-)  I maintain 3 redundant copies of my data on my Mac, but OSX also has the very useful Time Machine incremental backup system. I'd love to find something like that for Windows (my working disc is already a RAID0 volume, so that's redundant copy number one, but not a backup, of course, and that doesn't help me with my OS drive or my secondary working SSD).

 

Thanks again, you're a lifesaver.

 

Cheers!

 

Chas



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 03:30 PM

For a free backup program check out Aoemi Backupper Standard. It does file and disk backup along with incremental and differential backups. It also has a scheduler. I don't have much if any experience with RAID so I am not sure how Aoemi would handle that on a disk backup.

 

http://www.backup-utility.com/free-backup-software.html



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 03:53 PM

Thanks very much for the extra info, I really appreciate it!



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 04:52 PM

No problem

 

Glad you were able to solve your issues.






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