How can I get Windows 7 to show and format my new SATA drive?

Jim A July 18, 2013

I replaced the second hard drive on my desktop with a new 1TB SATA hard drive. Windows 7 still sees the old IDE drive instead of the new SATA. BIOS shows the primary SATA and the new SATA.

How can I get Windows 7 to show and format the new drive?

  1. Susendeep D
    July 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Similar question was posted in Makeuseof Answers and it did solved the problem.See the first part of the answer by visiting the link below -

    Why does Windows 7 not recognize my new hard drive?

  2. Andrea G
    July 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

    The drive will not show up in Windows until it is partitioned and formatted. To do that you can use Disk Manager (located in control panel - administrative tools - computer manager) or any other partitioning application. I personally use the free edition of Paragon Partition Manager (

    Still, it is not clear to me how you can see the old disk if it is no longer physically attached to the PC.

  3. Hovsep A
    July 18, 2013 at 7:17 am

    go to device manager locate the old hard drive then right click on it choose un-install then reboot