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ok so first computer i built...

have OS on 90gb ssd... windows 7
have a gigabite 990fxa ud3 board with amd 1100t
i have a 2tb barracuda green harddrive installed

now the problem is the harddrive is not showing up in windows

thx in advanced total newb here
post #2 of 8
Might just be a simple matter of the hard drive not being assigned a driver letter.
Go to the start menu and right click on computer and select manage.
From there click on disk management and see if the drive pops up.

If you are unsure whether it is there take a screen shot and post it up here an i will take a look at it.
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this is what it says
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Looks like the SSD is not the boot drive. Go into bios and choose the ssd for the first primary drive and the big terra as secondary. Then format the ssd ACHI protocol and install the OS on the SSD.
Edited by unimatrixzero - 10/6/11 at 11:46pm
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Ok as i suspected the drive has not been formatted and assigned a letter.

Steps to get this corrected are.
  1. Right click on bar that has the black bar in it and says XXX GB unnallocated space
  2. Select new simple volume.
  3. A wizard will pop up and guide you through the process of formatting the drive but for the most part you can just click next and not change anything.
  4. However look for the screen that talks about what file system it will be formatted to and select NTFS as the file system for that.
  5. At this point it will format the drive for you and it may pop up in the explorer automatically.
  6. If it dosen't pop up automatically go back to the manage window again and right click on the part we just formatted, then select assign drive letter and paths.
  7. Then in that new window select new and assign it a driver letter (i would choose the letter D but anything is fine).

Then you should be all set with an extra TB of space.

P.s. I also noticed that you have the system reserved partition on the HDD and not your SSD, this isn't a massive problem however next time you re install windows you may want to go into your bios and select the SSD as the boot drive before you reinstall so that partition is on the SSD and not the HDD.
Edited by jammo2k5 - 10/6/11 at 11:49pm
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post #6 of 8
You just need to create a new partition where it has the black 'unallocated' bar. You should be able to right click on it and make 'new'.

Edit: Was just beaten to it lol
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awesome worked right away thx so much....
another question if i buy another 2tb harddrive can i put the 2 in raid
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awesome worked right away thx so much....
another question if i buy another 2tb harddrive can i put the 2 in raid
You can yes, but you'll wipe the drive you've already got.

If you do it, do it now before you write a lot of information to it. Keep in mind that 2TB is a lot of space to lose.

I'd strongly recommend another drive and do RAID1.
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