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Windows show new hard drive in Device Manager, but refuses to use it.


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#1 Bubbaspiff

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:43 PM

I just recently purchased and installed a second 1TB WD Blue hard drive for my PC, and my computer seems to just ignore it. I have checked in device manager, ad my computer says it is there, but it doesn't use it for storage for some reason. I am kinda lost, as I have it installed properly. Anybody know how to help?

 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:47 PM

Is the drive formatted?

 

Is the drive reflected in Disk Management?

 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:36 PM

In Disk Management, be sure the drive is initiated. Also make sure the main partition on that drive is marked as Active.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:42 PM

FWIW:  The only reason for making a partition active...is to install the O/S.  No other partition on a drive needs to be active...If no partition on a system contains an O/S...none of the partitions needs to be set active.

 

Since this is a secondary hard drive...there is no implication here for setting it to active status.

 

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:44 AM

Understood. But, believe it or not, I have had that experience several times.


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 09:19 AM

Do WinKey+R and type DISKMGMT.MSC<enter> in the Run box that appears.  You should automatically be prompted to initialize the new drive and you need to say yes. Then, right-click on the new drive and choose New Simple Volume.  The wizard will walk you through creating a partition and formatting it so you can use it.

All new drives come out of the box completely blank so they can be used in a Windows, Linux, or Apple PC and you have to create a partition and format it before you can use it.


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