SATA drive not recognized

By rilo76 ·
I am having a problem with my Seagate Sata drive...it is recognized in Device Manager, but not in My Computer? I have uninstalled, reinstalled, changed the BIOS around...nothing.
Windows says it is working properly, but I cant access it! Anybody have an idea on how to fix?
Thanks in advance!

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If it is a new drive, you need to partition/format it

by w2ktechman In reply to SATA drive not recognized

it does not have a drive letter yet.

Go to start -- control panel -- administrative tools -- computer management -- disk management.

From there you should see the new drive but it is listed as 'unallocated' or 'free space'. Anyway, right click on it and select to partition it (or initialize it, I forget the option here). Then when done format it. It should now also have a drive letter assigned.

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That should cure your problem

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to If it is a new drive, you ...

But if it doesn't post back with what you see and someone here will be able to help you out. But I think that the Drive is blank and needs formatting.


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by rilo76 In reply to That should cure your pro ...

Ok, so it worked, but I should have known to do that.....One of those late nite brain burps!
Thanks for the help!

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Similar problem

by jumvah In reply to Duh!

Ok, got a SATA drive out of a Vista laptop that died, it is partitioned, formatted, and it shows up in the BIOS of all of our machines (which are all XP SP2).

The problem is that it shows up in device manager (which says it is working properly) but it doesn't show up in disk management or in explorer.

I have a feeling that the disk may be locked or encrypted to the now defunct laptop. So how do I go about formatting/wiping the drive so it can be used in XP? Would booting to DOS from a boot disk and using a utility like MaxLLF work?
I'm asking before I go to all the hassle of opening a machine and installing a floppy and making boot disks etc.


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