Your computer needs a hard drive to store local information such as your files, software (including the Windows 10 system), and other important data that allow your computer to operate. If Windows 10 isn’t recognizing your hard drive, it’s time to get it fixed. This guide will learn how to troubleshoot the issue in easy-to-follow steps. Learn the solution whether you are installing a new system or if you have been running Windows 10 and it suddenly doesn’t recognize your hard disk.
What Can I Do If My Hard Drive Is Not Recognized By Windows 10?
If you’re getting a blank screen, or your hard drive isn’t showing up in the File Explorer or Disk Management, this is probably because the hard drive isn’t initialized or formatted. Make sure your disk is properly connected to the motherboard with the SATA cable. Your HDD might also not be visible in Windows 10 due to BIOS settings. A malware infection might cause some problems, but it’s not likely to make a significant difference to your computer’s performance. However, if you can’t boot your device, you might lose access to your files.
This article will look at some ways to save your files and files in general. If you have a hard drive problem, we can show you some ways to help you solve the problem and potentially save your files. Let’s first determine where the problem comes from. Here’s one instance where you might encounter the Windows 10 hard drive not showing right-clicking “This PC” and selecting “Manage.” Go to “Disk Management” and find the hard drive missing or showing up as not initialized and unallocated space. Let’s try these steps to initialize the disk: The problem is most likely that the hard drive is not in the correct status. Let’s try to initialize the disk.
- Choose “Manage” from the “This PC” menu (in Windows 10 File Explorer).
- Right-click on your new drive-in “Disk Management.” Click on the “Initialize Disk” button.
- Select the disk you wish to initialize in the dialog box and choose either GPT or MBR.
You can also try creating partitions:
- Select “Menu” > “Disk Management” from the right-click menu of “This PC.”
- Choose “New Simple Volume” from the context menu when you right-click the unallocated space.
- Continue by clicking “Next” in the New Simple Volume Wizard.
- Follow the wizard to format the partition after you specify the volume size and assign a drive letter to the volume.
Fixing Windows 10 hard drive not visible
What do you do when Windows 10 doesn’t recognize your disk without warning? Used drives are especially prone to this problem. Choose “Manage” from the right-click menu and then “Disk Management.” Can you see the disk? In File Explorer, are you not seeing it? An unallocated space could be the cause, or there may be a driver error.
Change The Assigned Letter
If you want to fix the problem, you can use the Disk Management tool to assign a new letter to a USB drive. However, you cannot assign a new letter if the drive is being used. This partition loss can happen if you accidentally delete a partition or if a virus infects you. You can use data recovery tools to recover the lost partition and then create a new volume on the disk to recover the lost partition.
Unallocated space can be used to recover data
You can right-click your C: drive in Disk management and click Extend Volume. If Disk Management doesn’t let you do it because it is your system OS partition, you can download and install one of many programs designed to do this. MiniTool Partition Wizard is our recommendation. After you have retrieved your files, you need to create a new partition. In “Disk Management,” right-click the unallocated space and choose “New Simple Volume.” Simply follow the wizard to complete the process. If this doesn’t work, update your drivers. Drivers are important for keeping your computer running smoothly, so keeping them up to date is important.