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Why doesn't Windows 8 recognize my 2nd SATA HDD?

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 7

    Why doesn't Windows 8 recognize my 2nd SATA HDD?

    2 HDD's attached during Win8 installation, 1st was 500GB boot drive, 2nd was a (NTFS) 2TB HDD populated media drive. Was about to add my media folders to Plex Media Server when I noticed that only the boot drive (C appeared under My Computer. Found that odd so I restarted into BIOS settings and the 2nd HDD showed up fine. Booted into Windows and started Disk Manager and saw something I've never seen before. It could see the 2nd HDD, but no drive letter was assigned and it said "Foreign" where it normally has drive size and "Online." There's quite a bit of data on there, but it's backed up onto Crashplan so I suppose I could do a fresh format and re-populate with the data. Would be quite a PITA though. Any ideas? Googled it and haven't seen anyone else w/ this issue. <--screenshot of Disk Manager seeing "Foreign" drive

    lready tried a Reset as per this thread Why doesn&#39;t Windows 8 recognize my 2nd SATA HDD&#63; - Microsoft Answers and have posted this same question in the Win8 TechNet forum.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    This is a strange issue I wouldn't think Windows 8 would do, as this sounds more like an xp type thing.

    But anyways, try right clicking on the drive in Disk Management and hit Import foreign drive. This may or may not work, but we'll see.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 7

    That worked, I appreciate the tip!
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