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HDD's inaccessible in File Explorer, visible in Device Manager after reinstall.


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#1 palehorse864

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 11:30 PM

I recently did a clean install of Windows 10 to fix what I thought were some graphics driver issues, and to give myself a fresh start for diagnostics. Everything went fine in that regard. My boot drive showed up, as well as my oldest hard drive. I booted into Windows 10, but two of my drives are missing, along with all the files on them.  I didn't format them or delete their partitions when I reinstalled, not wanting to lose their data. I found my old drive present, along with my freshly formatted boot drive, but none of the others. I checked device manager, and they are present, but they don't show up in either File Explorer or Disk Management.



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 11:41 PM

Okay, I solved this one myself, but I'm going to post the solution in case anyone ever needs it. If there's one thing I hate, it's googling for a solution to a PC issue and finding either a message where someone says, "nevermind, I solved it myself", or someone closed the conversation without answering it, but cluttered up the google results.

​What I did was go into diskmgmt.msc. I went down to the bottom panel and looked through the physical discs. I found the two I was missing, but no volumes. I right clicked, and the option "Import foreign" appeared. I clicked this, and it imported both drives. I now have all my data back. Time to thank my lucky charms and get a second external backup drive.



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 11:46 PM

Thank you for sharing with us how you have resolve the issue it will help others with same issue you had.



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