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Hi all. You know when you buy a new drive you have to format it? Right.

Scenario:
Bought a new SATA HDD, connected it. Windows detects it in the BIOS but not in My Computer. So how do I go about formatting it?
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in windows\\system32 folder there's diskmgmt which is disk management. run diskmgmt. You should see your new drive there, right click and do a quick format. Absolutely no need for regular format. I know there's a easier way but I don't know the details unfortunately.
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First off, not sure how windows detects it through the BIOS. I think more specifically, the BIOS detects it, and windows doesn't. Is your primary drive SATA?

Go to Start-Run and type diskmgmt.msc

Disk manager will open. You should see the disk listed there. It will probably not have a drive letter. Right click on the disk in the lower panel and select Format. You may need to assign a drive letter, but I would reboot after formatting it to see if windows detects it. If after the reboot, it is still not in my computer, go back to disk manager and right click on the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Path, then select a drive letter for it.

edit: Just noticed your OS...same basic thing...go to Start -> type diskmgmt.msc
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Yep. Primary drive is SATA. And yes, the BIOS detects it, not windows.

Thanks guys, it worked. rep'd
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Yeah another way is to right click on computer: then click manage.


the go to diskmanager.


then format it and your done.
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Yeah another way is to right click on computer: then click manage.


the go to diskmanager.


then format it and your done.
This is how onoz does it.
 
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