You’ve just purchased a new hard drive for your Windows computer and you’re feeling absolutely giddy inside knowing that you’ll be able to increase the storage space of your machine. However, once you’re installed it into your computer, and to your dismay, it is nowhere to be found. You ask yourself in wonder, “What went wrong?” Don’t panic, as you might just have to give the operating system a bit of a nudge for it to properly recognize it.
Reveal an Installed Hard Drive in a Windows Computer That Doesn’t Show Up
Step 1 – The first thing to do is to know why this is happening on your Windows computer. Unlike the hard drive that ships with your machine, third-party, off-the-shelf, external, or extra hard drives aren’t always shipped formatted and ready-to-use. What does this mean? It means that they are still in a totally blank state. So what you’re going to do is to tell the operating system that you will use the drive for the computer.
Step 2 – So how exactly are you going to “tell” your Windows-powered computer to be able to use your drive properly? Let’s assume that the drive is installed properly, bringing it online is actually quite a simple process. The first thing to do is to bring up the Windows Disk Management tool. To get to the aforementioned tool, press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run dialog box. In the new window that pops up, type in “diskmgmt.msc” without the quotes. Before proceeding, do take note that this is a very delicate tool. So messing up other areas without proper knowledge and understanding can give you more problems that what you’ve originally accounted for.
Step 3 – When in Disk Management, scroll down through the list of disks found at the bottom pane. These will traditionally be numbered as “Disk 1” and so forth. You will know about the newly installed hard drive when the status of the Disk number is set to “unknown” and “Not initialized.”
Step 4 – Once you’ve seen that Disk, all you have to do now is to right click on the name portion and click on “Initialize Disk” for Windows to start letting you use the newly installed hard drive. There will be a wizard that will pop up. Follow the instructions carefully and you will be able to use your brand new hard drive in no time.
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