Installing OS on SSD from HDD

Started Dec 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield Forum Pro • Posts: 16,333
Re: It wouldn't be in Explorer

malch wrote:

Jim Cockfield wrote:

A new drive wouldn't have any partition table on it yet. So, it's probably not going to show up in Windows Explorer until then. The same thing applies to Win 7.

But, it should show up under Microsoft Disk Management; and after it's partitioned and formatted, you should also see it under Windows Explorer (and if you use your Dell Datasafe Restore disks, it should handle that part for you, partitioning the drive and formatting those partitions for you).

First, check the BIOS settings. Does it show up there? And is that SATA port enabled?

If the port is disabled, it won't even show up under Disk Management.


1. Check the BIOS settings.

2. Check Disk Management and create/format a partition.

3. Finally, check from Explorer.

Make sure it's not set for Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology) in your BIOS, too (where it's being used for Cache purposes versus a separate drive).  You want to use it as a separate drive, not for SRT.

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