My laptop has two hard drives but only one shows up in My 'Compute

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My laptop has two hard drives but only one shows up in My 'Compute

Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:28 PM

I have two 500GB hard drives and only one shows up in 'My Computer'. How can I get it to show up?
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Re: My laptop has two hard drives but only one shows up in My 'Compute

Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:30 PM

what is the make and model of your laptop?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 09 August 2012 - 12:30 PM, said:

what is the make and model of your laptop?


Dell XPS 17 L702x. I searched this issue on Google and I found that I should:
1. Start >> right-click on Computer >> Manage
2. In the left pane, click Disk Management
3. In the middle pane, find the disk drive not used (I assumed 'Unallocated' meant not used) and right click on it
4. It said something about making a partition, but I didn't think that sounded right and I don't know how anyway.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:58 PM

Okay.. so where did you get that you had two hard drives in there? You can visually see both of them?

To say it another way - the thing can hold two drives but did it even come with two drives or just one? Did you try to put a second drive in there?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:03 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 09 August 2012 - 12:58 PM, said:

Okay.. so where did you get that you had two hard drives in there? You can visually see both of them?

To say it another way - the thing can hold two drives but did it even come with two drives or just one? Did you try to put a second drive in there?

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In the product description when I bought it it said it had two 500GB 7200RPM HDDs. On a side note I think it would be cool to have Ubuntu on one and Windows on the other, but I will save that for another day.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:05 PM

Take a screen shot of what you see in " Disk Management".


It is very well possible you misread "can hold up to two, five hundred gb drives" for "has two, five hundred gb drives".

Edit: and there's no need to quote the post directly above yours... just say'n.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 09 August 2012 - 01:05 PM, said:

Take a screen shot of what you see in " Disk Management".


It is very well possible you misread "can hold up to two, five hundred gb drives" for "has two, five hundred gb drives".

Edit: and there's no need to quote the post directly above yours... just say'n.

imgur seems to be down... here is the picture from anonmgur:
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Re: My laptop has two hard drives but only one shows up in My 'Compute

Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:13 PM

As was asked, can you verify that you have two physical hard drives installed in your laptop? If so, can you enter BIOS & verify that they are both seen at the hardware level?

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How can I get it to show up?

Has it ever shown up before?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:14 PM

Right click the unallocated space and chose "new simple volume", use the full amount of the drive if you want, or make multiple partitions.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:24 PM

Thanks! In disk management, the description now says "Healthy (Primary Partition)". Is this ok?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:28 PM

Your second drive - did you have stuff on there before, did it used to show up and now didn't, or is this a new drive put in?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:33 PM

I just bought the computer and there were two hard drives (pre-installed; I didn't install it myself). One showed up in My Computer and now both show up. I had nothing on it before, and there still isn't anything.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:36 PM

hmm.. well partitioning it would have gotten rid of any data on it.. since you weren't using it for data do what gunner suggested and do a simple new partition.... assuming you don't want to make multiple partitions you can just do it to fill up all the remaining space..

This of course is for the thing that says DISK1...
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:50 PM

Shouldn't the primary disk be the OS disk?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:55 PM

Primary disk is disk 0
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