How To Fix New Hard Drive Not Showing Up In Disk Management

When your computer is running out of storage space to store your data ( movies, photos, music, etc.) then it’s time to get a new hard drive. This can serve as a dedicated data drive separate from the drive where your Windows 10 operating system is running from. Although it’s quite easy to add a new hard drive to your computer sometimes there are issues that can occur. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to fix new hard drive not showing up in disk management issue.

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How To Fix New Hard Drive Not Showing Up In Disk Management

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps for this particular problem it’s best to restart your computer first. This will refresh the operating system and resolve most of the common issues that you are experiencing with your computer.

Check the SATA cable

This problem can be caused by an issue with the connection between the hard drive and the motherboard. There’s only one thing that connects these devices and it is the SATA cable. Make sure that it is inserted properly on both ends. If you have an extra SATA cable then try using this. You also need to make sure that the power cable is connected to the hard disk.

Check the BIOS

The BIOS is a software installed on the computer motherboard which identifies and configures the computer hardware and tells it how to perform actions such as booting. You can access the BIOS of your computer by first restarting it then pressing the Setup key repeatedly during the very start of the Startup procedure. Most motherboards will show the Setup key during the initial boot which can be any of the following keys F2, F4, F8, F10, F12 or the Del key.

Once inside the BIOS check if your computer can detect the HDD. If it can’t then try using a different SATA cable or a different hard disk. You should also try plugging the SATA cable to a different SATA port.

Check if the new hard drive not showing up in disk management issue still occurs.

Delete all ATA channel Drivers

Sometimes a glitch in the ATA drivers can cause this particular problem. If this is the culprit you will need to delete these drivers. During the next startup Windows 10 will search for these drivers and install a fresh version.

  • Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. 
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open up Device Manager.
  • On the Device Manager, expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers drop-down menu.
  • Once the first ATA Channel has been uninstalled, repeat the procedure with every ATA Channel that you have under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.
  • When all ATA Channels have been uninstalled, restart your computer.

Check if the new hard drive not showing up in disk management issue still occurs.

Delete the hard drive from Storage Spaces

If you used the hard drive to create a common storage space then there’s a chance that this problem can occur. Storage Spaces is a virtual drive that can be made up of different storage drives. These drives are pooled together into a single storage drive. If you used storage spaces to include the hard drive that is not showing inside Disk Management, you will most likely be able to resolve the issue by deleting the HDD from the storage pool.

  • Press Windows key + R to open up the Run dialog box
  • Type “control” and press Enter to open up Control Panel.
  • On the Control Panel, click System and Security, then click on Storage Spaces.
  • Expand your Storage pool options and click the Delete button associated with the storage space that includes your HDD.
  • Click Yes at the confirmation prompt, then restart your computer.

Check if the new hard drive not showing up in disk management issue still occurs.

Import the foreign disk from disk management

If the hard drive is being viewed as a foreign disk then it can’t be seen by the disk management. You will need to import this foreign disk to fix the problem.

  • Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. 
  • Type “diskmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open up Disk Management.
  • Inside the Disk Management utility, see if you have another disk under your OS disk. If you have one and it has an exclamation-type icon, right-click on it and click on Import Foreign Disks.
  • Your new HDD drive should become visible as a volume in both Disk Management and File Explorer.

Check if the new hard drive not showing up in disk management issue still occurs.

Install the motherboard SATA driver from the manufacturer website

Sometimes this problem can be caused by an issue with the SATA drivers installed in your computer. To fix this go to the motherboard manufacturer website then download and install the latest SATA driver. Restart your computer and check if the issue still occurs.

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