2nd hard drive detection

By CaptainRobbie
Dec 23, 2010
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  1. Hello, i recently purchased a new, second SATA hard drive, which was a bit faster (7200RPM) than my old one, as i thought i could put the windows files on there and put it as my first boot device, to speed up window boot speed. However, after having connected the drive to the motherboard/PSU windows will not detect another drive. I have gone into the bios, and i can see 2 HDD's in there, however, i can only select ONE of them as a boot device. Im very confused and any help would be much appreciated.
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    You want to select the hard disk with Windows on it as the boot hard disk.

    Also, is your first hard disk SATA or IDE (PATA) with a ribbon cable?

    If its showing in Windows its likely the problem is a RAW partition, rather than any serious issue. Head to Start > control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Storage > Disk management and then select the new hard disk, and "create simple Partition", tick "quick format" and then format it as NTFS.

    Once formatted it should then appear in "My Computer".
  3. CaptainRobbie

    CaptainRobbie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thank you very very much!!!
    Working perfectly now! :)
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    No problems, glad it sorted your issue out. :D

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