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New SSD not showing up in Windows, device manager and BIOS (boot priority etc.)

Like the title says, my new SSD (Samsung 850 EVO) doesn't show up anywhere. I checked the cables, everything is well connected. AHCI is enabled. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI. (I already have a hard drive installed and I don't want to replace it with the SSD, but rather add it to my build.) Thanks for any help.
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  1. Do you have an M.2 slot populated? Sometimes that'll disable a SATA port.

    Try different cables, different SATA ports etc.
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  2. You may also need to format the drive, check "Disk Management" in windows.
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  3. ^Good point, I thought I read Disk Management in the OP, but apparently not.

    It may simply need to be initialized (and a drive letter assigned). Open Disk Management, right click the drive & initialize.
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  4. Hardware Brad said:
    You may also need to format the drive, check "Disk Management" in windows.


    The SSD doesn't show up there either...
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  5. Barty1884 said:
    Do you have an M.2 slot populated? Sometimes that'll disable a SATA port.

    Try different cables, different SATA ports etc.


    No M.2 populated...
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  6. Try powering the system off and switching the cables between your HDD and SSD. This way we can rule out the cables and motherboard connections. After that you may have a DOA SSD.
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  7. Hardware Brad said:
    Try powering the system off and switching the cables between your HDD and SSD. This way we can rule out the cables and motherboard connections. After that you may have a DOA SSD.


    I'm now trying all the slots, just a moment.
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  8. Still nothing. Really frustrating. I tried all the cables and all the SATA slots. I might send it back if I don't find a solution soon. Do you guys know if an external 3.1 USB SSD can give the same performance? It's mainly for the OS and 1 or 2 games with a lot of loading screens.
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  9. If using Windows, you cannot install your OS to an external (USB) device - at least not if you want to boot from it.

    If changing cables didn't work, and it doesn't show up in Disk Management etc, it's likely DOA.

    One final option would be to see if it's detected inside DISKPART. If so, you could initialize it there.
    http://www.disk-partition.com/diskpart/initialize-disk-4125.html

    Once you "list disk", do any of them appear to be the new SSD?
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  10. Holy shit (pardon my french) suddenly it's listed in disk management! I think I know what to do from now but I'll keep you guys posted. It must have been the cables after all...
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  11. Alright, Windows is installed on my new SSD and the boot time is incredible (compared to my previous one). Is it a problem though that Windows is now installed on both my HDD and SSD? (If the space lost on the HDD is the only problem, I don't really mind. Just wondering if it will slow down my pc by trying to work from there too.) Anyway, thank you guys for the fast responses!
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    Surzilla said:
    Alright, Windows is installed on my new SSD and the boot time is incredible (compared to my previous one). Is it a problem though that Windows is now installed on both my HDD and SSD? (If the space lost on the HDD is the only problem, I don't really mind. Just wondering if it will slow down my pc by trying to work from there too.) Anyway, thank you guys for the fast responses!


    Having everything saved on the SSD rather than the HDD will make opening those items faster and running those programs faster, because it would be reading from the much faster HDD than reading from the SSD. However, many people including myself just put the OS and most frequently used programs on the SSD, and save data and everything else on the HDD, so in your case it is perfectly acceptable.
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