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Windows 8.1 does not recognise SATA hardrive

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    Windows 8.1 does not recognise SATA hardrive


    I recently built my own desktop PC and installed windows 8.1. When I was setting up in the BIOS the system recognised both my 150gig SSD and my 2TB SATA drive. I installed windows 8.1 on the SSD. Now the computer is up and running windows 8.1 doesn't seem to recongise that there is a second hardrive. It's not a hardware or wiring problem as the system recongised it during the set up. Any advice on how to get windows 8.1 to recognise this drive?

    In the device manager it recognises two drives. one is the SSD and the other is labed as this: WDC WD20EZRX - 00D8PBO. I'm not sure if this is my SATA or just another in built memory drive. Only the SSD is displayed in my computer.

    I'm pretty sure this won't have had any effect on this issue but during the set up I created a partition on the SSD just in case in case of a complete disaster. Just thought this was worth a mention.

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    The WDC is your 2TB hard drive.

    If the drive has no partitions, it won't show in Windows.

    To format the drive, use the Disk Management tool.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    during the set up I created a partition on the SSD just in case in case of a complete disaster
    just wondering what disaster this will prevent .if for some reason the drive become unreadable when plugged in, so will the 2nd partition
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    Thanks Mark I've manged to get it up and running now.

    'just wondering what disaster this will prevent if for some reason the drive become unreadable when plugged in, so will the 2nd partition' - I was advised by the guy that I brought windows 8.1 off to make a partition to better enable a system restore in case windows gets infected with malicious software that can't be cleaned up with your standard anti virus. He was telling me that in the original win 8 that a system restore can be hard. I'm not sure if this is just because he didn't really know what he was doing but it seemed like sound advice so I went for it.
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    He was telling me that in the original win 8 that a system restore can be hard.
    Maybe because he was referring to using the built-in Windows backup/restore feature. I've read on these forums about folks having difficulties using that.

    Myself, I use Macrium Reflect to do backup/restore actions and find it very easy to use.
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