HDD in BIOS but not in Windows (not unallocated)
I had an issue which required me to switch out motherboards with an old replacement with a second-hand board from 2012, the Intel DQ77CP for £50 – a bit expensive I thought but ALL i could get that had what I needed to get back up and running.
now, I got it all set up with just the SSD, reinstalled windows, drivers installed – fully updated – Norton on, restarted, everything fine…now i start adding my other disks, it picks up my 2TB WD but won’t pick up my other 500GB drives..one of which is 2.5″ – they show in the BIOS but do not show in DISK MANAGEMENT or any other tool like Mini-tool Partition wizard
another strange (but unrelated and not important) thing i noticed is that the windows drive (C:\) only has 1 reserve partition of 579MB and every single time ive installed it for people its always had 3-4 partitions..hidden obviously
now – the BIOS is NOT in UEFI mode – is this why? and..should I change it? I am in AHCI mode on the BIOS, the SSD is running on ‘Standard AHCI Driver’ even after running the intel INF program, before it would be some form of Intel driver?
can anyone help or tell me why these drives are not been shown to windows by the BIOS?