A Computer Has Multiple Hard Drives Installed, but the Second Hard Drive Does Not Show Up in Windows Explorer. What Is the Possible Problem?

I got a new hard drive for my PC to expand the storage space so that I can install more programs on it. Now I have two disks connected to my computer, but the second hard drive doesn't show up in Windows Explorer. What is the problem? Is there any way I can fix this? Thanks!

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Oliver· Answered on Apr 19, 2024

If the second hard drive is not initialized, not partitioned, or physically or logically damaged, it won't show up in Windows Explorer.

To resolve this problem, you need a comprehensive tool that is designed for such issues. EaseUS Partition Master offers corresponding free features to solve all the causes except the physical damage.

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Now, let's learn how to troubleshoot these issues one by one:

#1. Check if the drive is initialized

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and go to Partition Manager.

Step 2. Right-click on your second hard drive and select "Initialize to MBR" or "Initialize to GPT" if there is an option. Then, execute the task.

🚩Read also: MBR VS GPT | What's the Difference and Which Is Better

#2. Check if the drive is partitioned

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and go to Partition Manager.

Step 2. In the main interface, check if your second drive is full of unallocated space and has no partitions.

Step 3. If so, right-click on the unallocated space and choose "Create" to partition it.

#3. Check if the drive contains bad sectors

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and go to Partition Manager.

Step 2. Select your second hard drive and choose "Surface Test" to check bad sectors.

Step 3. If there are, right-click on the partition and choose "Advanced" > "Check File System" to repair it.

Further Reading: How to Fix Second Hard Drive Not Showing Up (Updated)

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