Solved Hard Drive(s) not showing in Windows 7

October 8, 2013 at 17:17:33
Specs: Windows 7, 3.2GHz Intel i5 3470/ 4Gb DDR3
I've had this problem for a few months now - only the boot HDD seems to appear after starting up Windows.
I have 2 HDDs and just bought an SSD to add to my system for gaming.
All show up in BIOS, but only the HDD with the OS installed shows up - it started with the second HDD disappearing from the system after reformatting the system, but I didn't really care about the 2nd HDD.

P.S I have no experience with RAID and BIOS says they're all in AHCI. How do I set up the SSD to work?

Update: The SSD appears in the Intel Rapid Storage program.

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October 8, 2013 at 17:44:57
Update 2: I found a workaround by partitioning the unallocated sectors using the Windows Installation Disc. If anyone had any better solutions, you can still post up.

I.T guy gone rogue.

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October 8, 2013 at 20:34:07
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Hard drives don't show up in 'my computer' until they're partitioned and given a drive letter. To partition them you would usually use disk management. Here's some info on that if you're not familiar:

Here's some info on setting up the SSD but it should show in disk management too:

I don't know why your second hard drive disappeared but check what disk management says about it.

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October 8, 2013 at 20:35:58
Look in Disk Manager and see what it shows for the drives. If they are unformatted or raw space, you will need to partition and format the drives which you can do in Disk Manager. Post what it says in detail and we can give more specific advice. Handling the SSD is a bit different I believe so post exactly how you plan on using it, what capacity it is, and what it says before you start.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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