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2nd hard drive problem.


Macca810

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I have a custom built pc with 2 hard drives of which the first one is the master and is 64gb ssd.It is partitioned with my os and recovery and almost full and problem is that my second hard drive of 2tb has no drive letter and I can't seem to initialise it.It does not show up in my bios and seeing as it is healthy and shows up in my device management and I only know the basics I am stumped as to how to initialise it.Any help would be appreciated,thanks.

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robinofloxley

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Oh. Sounds like it's done.

So you have E: Healthy Primary?

Should be ready to use.

Go and use Windows Explorer. Check E: Properties, see if it looks alright.

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Macca810

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My norton tells me pw is unsafe do you have a safe software?

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robinofloxley

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You may need a Right Click Modify/Unhide. Apply as well.

I'm not sure.

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Macca810

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It wo'nt let me set as primary action is not available.

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Macca810

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It says it is not hidden but cannot make primary.Well,i'm stumped lol.

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robinofloxley

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Try Windows Disc Management

Disc Management also allows you to assign or add a drive letter.

You may also wish to consider having more than one partition on the drive rather than a single 2TB one. I find Partition Wizard is better than Disc Management then.

Note that formatting may take a long time. If needed, you could do a Quick Format and run chkdsk at a later convenient time.

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Macca810

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Thanks for the info but it seems that my 2tb has been formatted as recovery with no drive letter and as my knowledge is limited I want to change it but it does'nt offer that option and would I be right that I need to allocate it in my bios?I looked in bios and it does'nt show up.

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robinofloxley

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I don't think you can do anything in BIOS it will either show or not show.

(The only part of my BIOS that lists drives is in the Boot Order section anyway).

But if you can see it elsewhere it should not matter.

Drives do not get formatted as "Recovery". It should be formatted as NTFS (or FAT if very old which a 2TB drive is not).

Are you seeing the drive manufacturers Recovery partition? With rest of the drive perhaps Unallocated?

What exactly do you see if you go into Disc management?

You are running a PC and Windows I assume and have not bought an Apple HDD?

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Macca810

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Yes,Windows 7 and the whole of the disk is recovery partition and has no format while my ssd is ntfs and primary partition for both.It states that the disk is healthy but I have no option to initialise.

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rdave13

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I might be way out here as you've said that the PC is custom built but a bit puzzled by the recovery bit? I'm just wondering if you used recovery discs to install Windows and it's thought that the two drives were partitions and made the second drive a recovery partition?

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