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Just installed a Samsung EVO 850 250gb as secondary drive, shows up in BIOS but not in Windows

Hello everyone!

As the title says, I just hooked up a new SSD and when I boot into the BIOS, the drive is recognized; however there's no trace of it in Windows, files or under disk management etc.

Does anyone know if this a simple fix? I already have the OS installed on another SSD, and I have a 2TB HDD as another drive. So I was hoping this would basically be a plug and play situation.

The EVO came with an installation disc for a program that only copies data from an existing drive to this one but I'm not looking to do that so I forego the software.

Any and all help is appreciated, thanks!
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  1. That is pretty mysterious. I get the impression you kind of know what you're doing, but just in case, could you screen shot your disk management console? You are right that you don't need the software (Samsung Magician) to use the drive.
  2. atheus said:
    That is pretty mysterious. I get the impression you kind of know what you're doing, but just in case, could you screen shot your disk management console? You are right that you don't need the software (Samsung Magician) to use the drive.


    Sure no problem!

    http://i.imgur.com/TvOggCd.png
  3. In the lower portion of your screen shot, you have a disk called "Disk 2" which has 232.88 GB of unallocated space. This drive hasn't been assigned a drive letter yet. Right click on that fella down there and you can format it and give it a drive letter and start using it.
  4. atheus said:
    In the lower portion of your screen shot, you have a disk called "Disk 2" which has 232.88 GB of unallocated space. This drive hasn't been assigned a drive letter yet. Right click on that fella down there and you can format it and give it a drive letter and start using it.


    Unallocated space means it's not formatted. Format it first and it will likely automatically assign a letter to the drive. :)
  5. atheus said:
    In the lower portion of your screen shot, you have a disk called "Disk 2" which has 232.88 GB of unallocated space. This drive hasn't been assigned a drive letter yet. Right click on that fella down there and you can format it and give it a drive letter and start using it.


    Stupid question, but how do I format it? When I right click, my options are "Convert to Dynamic Disk" and "Convert to GPT Disk"
  6. napster100 said:
    atheus said:
    In the lower portion of your screen shot, you have a disk called "Disk 2" which has 232.88 GB of unallocated space. This drive hasn't been assigned a drive letter yet. Right click on that fella down there and you can format it and give it a drive letter and start using it.


    Unallocated space means it's not formatted. Format it first and it will likely automatically assign a letter to the drive. :)


    How do I format it? Very noob question I know
  7. Best answer
    Everybody was a noob once ;)

    Anyway, Windows is slowly moving towards GPT but MBR is still fine to use. And dynamic disks will join two to create a software RAID which I'm assuming you won't need.

    Just follow this tutorial :)

    1.Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.

    2.In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click Next.

    3.Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size, and then click Next.

    4.Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition, and then click Next.

    5.In the Format Partition dialog box, format the volume with the default settings, click Next.

    6.Review your choices, and then click Finish.

    Hope it helps! :)
  8. napster100 said:
    Everybody was a noob once ;)

    Anyway, Windows is slowly moving towards GPT but MBR is still fine to use. And dynamic disks will join two to create a software RAID which I'm assuming you won't need.

    Just follow this tutorial :)

    1.Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.

    2.In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click Next.

    3.Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size, and then click Next.

    4.Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition, and then click Next.

    5.In the Format Partition dialog box, format the volume with the default settings, click Next.

    6.Review your choices, and then click Finish.

    Hope it helps! :)


    Thank you so much, I appreciate you taking the time to write it out step by step, it worked perfectly! :D
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