Hard drives seen by BIOS but not by Windows..??
Posted on 2013-01-14
I've got a system with the following configuration...
1 x 1TB system drive
1 x 2TB storage drive
1 x 2TB backup drive (external)
1 x 750GB - virtual machine drive
Unfortunately, my system drive seems to have crashed on me. I sat down to my computer and it was still on with Windows loaded, but nothing would open and I explorer was stuck. I couldn't get to task manager or anything, so I had to do a hard reboot. Upon doing so, I was greeted with boot-up errors that there was a disk failure.
I went and purchased a new hard drive and replaced the system drive. When I first tried to re-install Windows fresh (from a USB drive or a DVD) it would get to the point of "Starting Setup" and wouldn't ever move passed that point for some reason. At least not until I unplugged the power out of my additional drives so that only the new system drive was in place.
At this point Windows 8 installer came up nice and quick and I was able to install it without any issues.
Then I plugged my additional drives back in, but for some reason only my internal 2TB storage drive is showing up in Windows.
My 750GB virtual machine drive and my 2TB external drive are not showing up at all. I don't see them in Windows Explorer and they aren't listed in Disk Management either. I do see the 750GB internal drive in BIOS, though.
I find it very hard to believe I had 3 drives go bad at the same time, and I'm not getting any errors during boot like I was with the actual failed disk plugged in.
On that note, I tried to boot up with the failed disk only and was just getting a message that the OS was not found, but I actually wasn't getting any disk failure messages.
So I'm pretty confused. If we just focus on the 750GB drive alone, it shows up in BIOS but not in Disk Management in Windows. Why would that be?