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SSD showing up in BIOS but not device or storage management

I bought an SSD which arrived today and i plugged it in and everything but when i booted up my pc it did not pop up in storage management or device management. At first i thought i had installed it wrong or something but after going into the bios i noticed it was there called "samsung SSD...". How can i get it working and start moving stuff onto it?
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  1. 1. So you "plugged it (the Samsung SSD) in and everything"...so what is this "everything"?

    2. Are you merely indicating you connected the SSD to the SATA data connector (port) of your motherboard and to a power connector of your PSU? Is that what you mean by "plugged it in and everything"?

    3. And you're planning to use that Samsung SSD in your system as a secondary drive for storage and other purposes?

    4. The OS now boots just fine and functions without any problems with its present boot drive? And that boot drive is?...
  2. 1. I screwed it into the hard drive bay (i only had 3 screws so couldnt do all 4) and plugged in the sata cable and plugged in the power cable.

    2.(same as above)

    3.i intend to move my windows and various other things i want on there

    4.Windows boots fine and as normal and my computer doesnt seem any different. My current hard drive is a seagate barracuda i think

    P.S ive had my pc for about a year now
  3. Well you cant move windows. You'll have to use something like Samsung migration to do it.
  4. I have macrium reflect (the free version) and im going to clone everything onto the ssd
  5. ArtPog said:
    1. So you "plugged it (the Samsung SSD) in and everything"...so what is this "everything"?

    2. Are you merely indicating you connected the SSD to the SATA data connector (port) of your motherboard and to a power connector of your PSU? Is that what you mean by "plugged it in and everything"?

    3. And you're planning to use that Samsung SSD in your system as a secondary drive for storage and other purposes?

    4. The OS now boots just fine and functions without any problems with its present boot drive? And that boot drive is?...


    still unable to get it working :(
  6. Now understand this...

    If you want any constructive help from responders on this forum you've got to provide specific detailed information re your system, including the configuration of your drives, the PRECISE steps you have taken to clone the contents of your boot drive to your new SSD, the volume of data involved on your boot (source) drive, how it is partitioned, the disk-space capacity of the SSD and any other details re your system that could assist a potential responder provide an intelligent response to your query. Capiche?

    How could you be working with your PC "for a year now" and only "think" your boot drive is a Seagate Barracuda? Are you aware of Device Manager, Disk Management?

    Assuming you purchased the Samsung SSD, it would include the Samsung Data Migration program that you could use to clone the contents of a drive to your Samsung SSD. Is there any reason you're not using it?

    Your last comment "still unable to get it working" is useless. Tell us step-by-step what you have done. And provide the details I mentioned above, OK?
  7. ArtPog said:
    Now understand this...

    If you want any constructive help from responders on this forum you've got to provide specific detailed information re your system, including the configuration of your drives, the PRECISE steps you have taken to clone the contents of your boot drive to your new SSD, the volume of data involved on your boot (source) drive, how it is partitioned, the disk-space capacity of the SSD and any other details re your system that could assist a potential responder provide an intelligent response to your query. Capiche?

    How could you be working with your PC "for a year now" and only "think" your boot drive is a Seagate Barracuda? Are you aware of Device Manager, Disk Management?

    Assuming you purchased the Samsung SSD, it would include the Samsung Data Migration program that you could use to clone the contents of a drive to your Samsung SSD. Is there any reason you're not using it?

    Your last comment "still unable to get it working" is useless. Tell us step-by-step what you have done. And provide the details I mentioned above, OK?



    I cant clone the contents of my boot drive as the ssd is not recognised by the software. I will give you the step by step of what happened without leaving out any details

    1.i did not have a spare sata cable so i borrowed one off of a friend a few weeks before

    2.i ordered the samsung 850 evo 250gb and when it arrived i plugged in the sata cable and the power cable (had some trouble with the power cable since it was a daisy chain). The ssd was loose in my pc. I uninstalled a lot of stuff during this time in order to be able to clone everything

    3.i booted up my pc and couldnt find it in device manager or disk management or anywhere.did some search on google but didnt help.

    4. I removed the ssd and but it back in again with a different sata cable and different part of the chain of power cables. This time i found some screws so screwed it into the bay but i only had 3 out of 4 so just did that

    5.i boot up my pc and still nothing. I installed the stuff on the disk (samsung migrate and samsung magic) the software didnt recognise the ssd.

    6.a friend suggested me to check the bios and under the boot tab i clicked on boot priority and the ssd was there. Still doesnt pop up on anything else.

    In regards to your other points, my current hard drive is a seagate barracuda 1tb but i am unsure of the numbers that follow it. I have not expierienced any problems with it before

    I was unaware samsung data migration existed and my friend had used macrium reflect so i knew it was reliable.

    Finally, my last comment was made because i dont know how this website works and was worried you were not notified after i wrote the other comment.

    Any help is appreciated.
  8. OK, at least we now have a reasonably clear idea of the problem, so let me obtain a bit more info from you...

    1. As your system stands now, your 1 TB Seagate is your boot drive (and the OS is ?).

    2. The system boots just fine and functions without any problems, right?

    3. When you install the Samsung 250 GB SSD in your system you've ENSURED that the drive is securely connected to an appropriate SATA data connector on the motherboard, right?

    4. And ditto for connecting the SSD to a power connector of your PSU, right?

    5. So now when you boot to the OS with both drives connected, the Samsung is performing as a SECONDARY drive in the system, right?

    6. And you've checked Device Manager to determine that the SSD is listed under "Disk drives"?

    7. And assuming it is, you've checked Disk Management to determine the SSD is listed there?

    8. We'll assume the SSD is non-defective. If you have any qualms about that, check out the disk with the Samsung Magician program, OK?

    9. What is the TOTAL data contained on your 1 TB boot drive?

    10. Can I assume that drive has a single C: partition or is it multi-partitioned?

    11. If multi-partitioned, what is the size of the C: partition and provide the total data contents in that partition.

    Please answer my questions clearly and then we'll go on from there, OK?
  9. ArtPog said:
    OK, at least we now have a reasonably clear idea of the problem, so let me obtain a bit more info from you...

    1. As your system stands now, your 1 TB Seagate is your boot drive (and the OS is ?).

    2. The system boots just fine and functions without any problems, right?

    3. When you install the Samsung 250 GB SSD in your system you've ENSURED that the drive is securely connected to an appropriate SATA data connector on the motherboard, right?

    4. And ditto for connecting the SSD to a power connector of your PSU, right?

    5. So now when you boot to the OS with both drives connected, the Samsung is performing as a SECONDARY drive in the system, right?

    6. And you've checked Device Manager to determine that the SSD is listed under "Disk drives"?

    7. And assuming it is, you've checked Disk Management to determine the SSD is listed there?

    8. We'll assume the SSD is non-defective. If you have any qualms about that, check out the disk with the Samsung Magician program, OK?

    9. What is the TOTAL data contained on your 1 TB boot drive?

    10. Can I assume that drive has a single C: partition or is it multi-partitioned?

    11. If multi-partitioned, what is the size of the C: partition and provide the total data contents in that partition.

    Please answer my questions clearly and then we'll go on from there, OK?


    1. I have windows 10 64 bit and the 1tb hdd is hard drive it is on and my only hard drive.

    2. My system is functioning as normal with no problems

    3. I plugged it into bothe ends and tried multiple sata ports on the motherboard (in not sure if a specific one needs to be used). I do not think this is the problem as my bios recognises the drive

    4. The power cable is plugged into the drive and is the same one plugged into the 1tb hard drive. I tried multiple ports and none worked. I believe this is not the problem for the same reason as above.

    5. The samsung would be a secondary drive but my pc doesnt recognise it

    6. When checking to see if it was in device manager (it usually isnt) it actually popped up

    7.in disk management it ia there but not initialized so i initilized it

    8. The samsung migration software now recognises it but didnt before.

    9. I have 687.95gb space FREE on my hdd out of 930.97gb

    10.the hdd is one partition

    I think the problem fixed itself and i am very confused. I dont know whether to use samsung migrate or macrium reflect now either, or how to go about cloning with the software
  10. Best answer
    There's a fair amount of contradictory info in your responses but the bottom line seems to be that your 1 TB HDD contains about 242 GB of data. Your Samsung SSD contains about 232 GB of disk-space capacity, so you could not utilize a disk-cloning program to clone the present ENTIRE contents of the 1 TB HDD to the SSD.

    You need to reduce the present total contents of your HDD so that its total contents will be no more than about 225 GB, possibly even down to 220 GB in order to carry out the disk-cloning operation. (A certain amount of "overhead" is required by the d-c program in order to carry out the d-c operation. The figures I've provided are rough estimates; there may be a certain amount of trial & error you need to employ to determine a more precise estimate so that the d-c program can carry out its operation without balking.)

    Hopefully you can delete/manipulate the present data on the HDD so as to reduce its total data contents per the lines above.

    Use the Samsung Data Migration program; it's an effective d-c program when the destination drive is a Samsung SSD and it's relatively user-friendly.

    Keep in mind the following...
    Immediately after the (hopefully!) successful d-c operation, disconnect the HDD from the system (you can just uninstall the drive from its motherboard's SATA data connector (port). Boot ONLY with the SSD connected as the sole drive in the system.

    After you've ensured that the SSD is a bootable, completely functional drive, then you can reconnect the HDD to be used as a secondary drive in your system.
  11. ArtPog said:
    There's a fair amount of contradictory info in your responses but the bottom line seems to be that your 1 TB HDD contains about 242 GB of data. Your Samsung SSD contains about 232 GB of disk-space capacity, so you could not utilize a disk-cloning program to clone the present ENTIRE contents of the 1 TB HDD to the SSD.

    You need to reduce the present total contents of your HDD so that its total contents will be no more than about 225 GB, possibly even down to 220 GB in order to carry out the disk-cloning operation. (A certain amount of "overhead" is required by the d-c program in order to carry out the d-c operation. The figures I've provided are rough estimates; there may be a certain amount of trial & error you need to employ to determine a more precise estimate so that the d-c program can carry out its operation without balking.)

    Hopefully you can delete/manipulate the present data on the HDD so as to reduce its total data contents per the lines above.

    Use the Samsung Data Migration program; it's an effective d-c program when the destination drive is a Samsung SSD and it's relatively user-friendly.

    Keep in mind the following...
    Immediately after the (hopefully!) successful d-c operation, disconnect the HDD from the system (you can just uninstall the drive from its motherboard's SATA data connector (port). Boot ONLY with the SSD connected as the sole drive in the system.

    After you've ensured that the SSD is a bootable, completely functional drive, then you can reconnect the HDD to be used as a secondary drive in your system.


    It all works now! Thanks so much for the help.
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