Windows 10: Internal secondary hard drive not recognised Solved

  1. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 1803
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    Internal secondary hard drive not recognised

    After fitting SSD (C: drive) to my Win10 machine I connected the old hard drive as a secondary storage drive.

    Win10 does not "see" it!
    But Belarc Adviser "sees" the hard drive!

    How to force Win 10 to recognise the secondary drive? Simple steps please for a non-techie.

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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2

    Hi, I hope you formatted the old drive. You could do that by either means below.

    When you say Win 10 can't see it, I guess you mean file explorer doesn't show it.
    Does Disk Management? (via Windows key + X)

    If you still have difficulty accessing it, download and install Minitool Partition Wizard (free)
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
    which gives you more flexibility.

    At any stage please post a screenshot (picture of part of your screen) if that will help (post the picture using the Insert Image icon above your post).

    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3

    Hi there
    quick way

    on windows menu (windows icon type cmd

    then these commands diskpart (2nd window will come up - saves you having to go into admin mode from the start) :

    List disk
    select disk xxx

    where xxx is the number of the secondary disk -- I assume it's formatted OK etc.

    the assign will automatically assign it a letter and you should then see windows explorer listing the disk.

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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4

    mm. @jimbo45 - OP said
    Simple steps please for a non-techie.
    I'd guess Minitool PW will be new..
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5

    hi there

    nothing techie about typing 3 commands

    with minitool you have to install the wretched thing and then do what?? if the OP sees the disk but doesn't know how to assign a letter to it.

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  6. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 1803
    Thread Starter
       2 Weeks Ago #6

    Disk Management Picture attached

    From Disk Management:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Disk Management.JPG  
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #7

    Your 1 TB disk 0 appears as "unallocated" in Disk Management.

    It isn't formatted.

    You can format it right there in Disk Management with a right click.

    Give it a drive letter; it looks like E is available.
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  8. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 1803
    Thread Starter
       2 Weeks Ago #8

    Thankyou ignatzatsonic (and everyone else) for your help.

    Windows now recognises the added secondary drive.
    Last edited by lvr181; 2 Weeks Ago at 16:56. Reason: spelling correction
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