1. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 4
    windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #1

    HDD not showing up in W10 after moving it from Linux


    I move two storage drives from my w10 system, to a Linux Zorin system I built. Everything worked fine before the move and while it was in the Zorin system. I decided to move them back the the w10 system. One of the drives installed automatically and shows up in Explorer. The other drive only shows up in Disk Management. Bios sees it. All indications in Disk Management and Properties are that the disk working correctly. In Disk Management, It is shown as "Health (Active,primary partition)" as does the other drive that I moved back. Oh course, the drive that is not showing up is not assigned a drive letter, nor is it label as "Internal 2000GB." Whenever I right click on the partition field, the only option that is available is"delete volume." When I right click on the "Disk 2" field, the only available option is "Convert to dynamic disk." I have uninstalled/reinstalled the drive, tried to install new driver, physically reattach drive, and gave it a good cussing. But I can't figure it out. Any ideas of why w10 is not letting it work?
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  2. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 379
    Windows 10 Pro
       3 Weeks Ago #2

    Use a 3rd party app likeEaseus Partition Masteror Minitool Partition Wizard to assign a drive letter and change the Name of the drive.
    Then go to Start/Search and type CMD, right click the CMD results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Command Prompt type the drive letter of the drive (eg) G: and press Enter (eg) G:\> at this prompt type chkdsk /F and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes to Unmount the drive.
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #3

    Hi there

    Is there any file system on the HDD.
    If you formatted it with a Linux file system you might need to re-format the volume.

    In Windows use as administrator :

    Diskpart

    List Disk

    The HDD should show up

    Then say it's HDD 2

    SELECT DISK 2
    LIST PARTITION

    This should show if there are any partitions on the HDD - if it's a GPT HDD there probably will be a small reserved one and then at least one Primary.

    To completely re-format

    type Clean
    Create partition Primary

    Then you can format it or convert to GPT etc etc.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 4
    windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #4

    Thank you for your response. I tried both softwares you mentioned, however neither one of them have me the option to "add" a drive letter to the disk. So, I don't know.

    spunk said: View Post
    Use a 3rd party app likeEaseus Partition Masteror Minitool Partition Wizard to assign a drive letter and change the Name of the drive.
    Then go to Start/Search and type CMD, right click the CMD results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Command Prompt type the drive letter of the drive (eg) G: and press Enter (eg) G:\> at this prompt type chkdsk /F and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes to Unmount the drive.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 4
    windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #5

    Thank you Jimbo45 for your response. I appreciate your help. The disks has three partitions on it. They are;
    Partition 1 Primary 1855gb 1024kb (offset)
    Partition 0 Extended 8189mb 1855gb
    Parttion 2 Logical 8189mb 1855gb

    I'm thinking when I put it in the linux system, linux changed something to where w10 can't recognize it.??


    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    Is there any file system on the HDD.
    If you formatted it with a Linux file system you might need to re-format the volume.

    In Windows use as administrator :

    Diskpart

    List Disk

    The HDD should show up

    Then say it's HDD 2

    SELECT DISK 2
    LIST PARTITION

    This should show if there are any partitions on the HDD - if it's a GPT HDD there probably will be a small reserved one and then at least one Primary.

    To completely re-format

    type Clean
    Create partition Primary

    Then you can format it or convert to GPT etc etc.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6.    3 Weeks Ago #6

    Chief400 said: View Post
    Thank you Jimbo45 for your response. I appreciate your help. The disks has three partitions on it. They are;
    Partition 1 Primary 1855gb 1024kb (offset)
    Partition 0 Extended 8189mb 1855gb
    Parttion 2 Logical 8189mb 1855gb

    I'm thinking when I put it in the linux system, linux changed something to where w10 can't recognize it.??
    Hi there

    these days there's never any reason to use LOGICAL partitions --more trouble than they are worth --even if you aren't using GPT you can still have 4 Primary partitions. With GPT no limit - although you must then have UEFI boot enabled in BIOS (note you don't have to enable Secure Boot to use UEFI boot).

    I'd re-format the HDD - either for UEFI boot or non GPT (MBR) depending on your Windows hardware and what you want to do.

    Use the commands I made in previous post.

    After re-formatting re-install Windows.

    If you have an old Windows backup you could try restore --it won't boot if you've changed from Logical to Primary partitions but sometimes Repair Windows can work.

    Linux won't normally destroy Windows boot if you installed on a PRIMARY (or a set of Primary) partition(s) -- using LOGICAL rather than Primary partitions will always (or at least 99.9% of the time) give mega headaches with multiple OS'es on the HDD.

    On the logical partition probably GRUB / GRUB2 - the Linux boot manager has got hold of sector 0 on the HDD.

    Just get rid of the logical partition and re-enable everything as Primary partitions.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,355
    Windows 10 Pro
       3 Weeks Ago #7

    If you have data on the hard drive you want to save, boot the computer for a live Linux DVD/USB Flash Drive.
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