FIX: Secondary Hard Drive Not Detected in Windows 10 (Solved)

Recently, on a customer's desktop computer running on Windows 10 OS, I added a brand new hard drive as an additional storage space to the system. After connecting the 2nd drive and booting into the operating system, I realized that the secondary hard drive was not detected by Windows 10 and was not identified either in Device Manager (under "Disk Drives" group) or in Disk Management. 

At first, I checked all the cables of the disk (Power & Data cable) to make sure that they were properly connected. Then, I entered BIOS SETUP to find out whether the second hard disk was recognized properly. Then, after I realized that the disc was recognized by BIOS, I found out again that Windows 10 did not recognize the secondary hard disc.

In this tutorial you 'll find detailed instructions to fix the following issue: The secondary hard disk is not recognized or not detected or does not appear in Windows 10 Disk Management or in Device Manager or in Windows Explorer.

How to fix: The Secondary Disk is Not Recognized from Windows 10.

1. Press "Windows" + "R" keys to open the RUN window.
2. In "RUN" window "Open" box,  type: diskmgmt.msc & Press Enter.



3. At Disk Management, check if the secondary disk is recognized.

  • Case A: If the second disk is recognized in Disk Management, then:

1. Right-click on the disk and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

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2. Click Add.
3. Assign a driver letter (e.g. "F)" and click OK twice to Exit.
4. Close disk management and open Windows explorer to see disk's contents.

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  • Case B: If the second disk is not recognized in Disk Management, then:

1 Press "Windows" + "R" keys to open the RUN window.
2. In "RUN" window "Open" box,  type: devmgmt.msc & Press Enter.



3. In Device Manager expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.
4. Right click on the installed disk controller and select Uninstall device.
5. Then click Uninstall again at the warning message.
6. Restart your computer.


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7. If after restart, the hard drive not shown in explorer and it still not recognized in Disk Management, then navigate to the mainboard's (or PC/Laptop's) manufacturer support site and install the latest drivers for the chipset and the disk controller.

That's all folks! Did it work for you?
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