7 Ways to Fix SSD Not Showing Up on Your Windows PC

Don't panic if your SSD not showing up on your computer. There are four common cases, and check the corresponding solution below to get rid of the issue with ease.

Are your hard drives, new or old, internal or external, not showing up in File Explorer or Disk Management? Follow along to learn how to fix the hard drive not showing up in Windows 11/10/8/7 without losing data.

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👩‍⚕️Data Recovery Sevices

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🔡Change Drive Letter

The drive letter conflict can cause SSD to not be detected or show up in Disk Management. Assigning a new drive letter can quickly solve the issue.

🔖Initialize SSD

Sometimes, the new SSD not showing up may be caused by disk initialization.

📃Format SSD

Formatting the SSD to a supported file system can make Windows detect the SSD again. This method may cause data loss.

Update SSD Driver

An outdated SSD drive can make the Windows operating system unable to recognize the SSD successfully.

⛑️Run Troubleshooter

Windows has a built-in utility that can automatically repair hardware issues.

🖥️Change BIOS Settings

Wrong BIOS settings can cause this issue. Changing the Storage Configuration settings can quickly solve the issue.

"I recently installed a Samsung SSD on my Windows 10 computer, but I find it not showing up under My Computer where the other hard drive is present. Is there any way to display the SSD?"

"I got a new M.2 SSD from Intel. When I connected it to my PC, it did not show up in the File Explorer or Disk Management. I don't know where goes wrong. Please help."

The above user stories tell the same thing that happens to a Solid State Drive (SSD) - your drive does not show up as other connected hard drives. In Windows 10 and earlier Windows operating systems, an external storage device not detected issue would throw people into frustrating situations. They can't add files and content to the SSD, nor can they access its existing data. Therefore, the biggest concern is how to fix the 'SSD not showing up' problem quickly and easily.

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We will introduce all seven methods to fix SSD not showing in Windows 10 or 11, and you can try to fix the issue accordingly. Some solutions may cause data loss, and you'd better download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro when necessary to recover SSD data from an inaccessible/formatted Solid State Drive.

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You can easily get data off your SSD with the following tutorial. If your SSD is an external one, remember to connect it to your computer in advance:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS SSD recovery software on the PC, select the internal SSD or external SSD, and scan the disk.

scan SSD

Step 2. During the scanning, you can also filter the SSD data. Choose the file type you want to recover; finding target files will be easier with the Filter option.

filter SSD files

Step 3. You can preview the videos, pictures, or documents before recovering them. Click "Recover" and save these recovered SSD files to another disk.

save all the recovered files

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If you want to solve not showing issue by yourself, we'll offer more solutions and written tutorials. If you prefer a video tutorial to fix SSD not showing in Windows 11/10/8/7, you can watch this video to fix SSD, hard drive, and USB drive not showing up.

⌛Time Stamps:
00:15 Method 1. Assign Drive Letter
01:05 Method 2. Initialize Disk
01:35 Method 3. Fix Corrupted File System Without Data Loss
02:38 Method 4. Windows Driver Issue

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Case 2. SSD Not Showing Up Because the Drive Letter Is Missing

Sometimes, your SSD does not show up because the drive letter of the SSD is missing or conflicting with another disk, and the Windows OS cannot recognize it. You can solve this problem by manually assigning the SSD a new drive letter in Windows Disk Management.

To assign the SSD a new drive letter, follow these steps:

Step 1. Right-click on "This PC" and select "Manage". Under the Storage section, click "Disk Management".

Step 2. Right-click on the SSD partition and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths…".

Step 3. Among Add, Change, and Remove, click the "Change" button, and then select a drive letter from the list. Click "OK" to confirm.

change ssd drive letter and paths to make it show up in computer

Case 3. SSD Not Showing Up Because It is Not Initialized

If you get a new SSD and it won't show up in Windows Explorer, it's likely in the "uninitialized" state. You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it.

Also, if an old SSD shows the "disk unknown not initialized" error, the reason is the same. In these two situations, to fix the problem, you can try to connect the SSD to another working computer to check if it reports the same error. Otherwise, you will need to initialize the SSD in Windows 10.

disk unknown not initialized

To initialize an SSD, follow these steps.

Step 1. Open Disk Management on your computer. 

Step 2. Find and right-click the SSD you want to initialize, and then click "Initialize Disk".

Step 3. In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style.

initialize ssd to gpt or mbr

You may also want to know if initialize the SSD erases data or not. Check this passage to learn more:

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Case 4. SSD Not Showing Up Because the File System Is Not Supported

You need to think further if the above three methods do not work. One assumption is that the file system has corrupted or Windows does not support the current file system.

As investigated, the relevant file system issues are mainly displayed as "RAW", "Free space", or "Unallocated space". Reformatting the disk would be enough to fix the file system issues or RAW drive.

Step 1. Right-click the Windows icon to bring up the tool menu, and click "Disk Management".

click Disk Managemnt

Step 2. Right-click the target SSD and choose "Format", then you can perform a quick format.

format SSD

Notice:
Note: Disk formatting will completely erase data on the disk. If you haven't created a data backup before, download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover formatted SSD.

Case 5. SSD Not Showing Up Because of Disk Driver Issues

Another possible situation is that the SSD is detected but not displayed in "My Computer". This is because the disk drive is not installed correctly. So, you can try to reinstall the SSD driver to check if this helps fix the SSD not detected issue. 

Step 1. Right-click on "This PC" and select "Manage". Under the System Tools section, click "Device Manager".

Step 2. Go to Disk drives. It should list the storage devices that you have connected to your PC.

Step 3. Right-click the SSD and choose "Uninstall device".

Step 4. Remove the SSD and restart your system. Try to connect the SSD again to check if Windows 10 detects the SSD as normal.

uninstall driver

Case 6. SSD Not Showing Because Of Disk Issues

Sometimes, the unknown disk issues can cause many unexpected problems and even cause your SSD not to show on your computer. If you don't want to go to the local store to repair the SSD, you can try Windows's built-in repair utility first.

Step 1. Open the Windows Settings window by pressing the Windows and I keys.

Step 2. You can search for the Troubleshoot settings in the search box. Find "Hardware and Devices" and click "Run the troubleshooter".

run hardware and devices troubleshoot

After learning six methods, you may have solved your SSD problem already. Don't forget to share these methods with your friends!

 

Case 7. SSD Not Detected Because Of Wrong BIOS Settings

Sometimes, it's nothing happens to your SSD when it is not showing up on your computer, just the wrong BIOS settings. You can change the BIOS settings to make your SSD detected by the Windows operating system again.

Step 1. To access the BIOS setup, restart your computer and press the specified key (F2) or other keys like F10 or Del. During startup, click the Enter key.

Step 2. Next, open the BIOS settings and find the "Storage Configuration" section.

Step 3. Find the SATA controller mode setting and adjust it to IDE.

storage configuration

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Conclusion

SSD and any other form of storage media are prone to mechanical failure and physical damage. You need to make advanced plans to safeguard the data on these storage drives. Making a backup is always a wise decision. It's never too late to take action to save a copy of hard drive data to another safe location, like a backup drive, cloud, or network drive.

To summarize, we offered appropriate fixes regarding SSD not showing up in Windows 10 or 11. We recommended the assistive tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost data from inaccessible and formatted hard drive/partition.

SSD Not Showing FAQs

To conclude the guide, we have selected some of the most asked questions about SSD not showing up problems in Windows. These questions and their answers are.

1. Why is my SSD not showing up?

Driver issues are one of the major reasons. Like a hard drive, the SSD is often detected but not showing up in My Computer because the disk driver is not installed properly. So, you can try to reinstall the SSD driver to check if it helps fix the issue.

2. How do I get my new SSD to show up?

If you get a new SSD and it won't show up in Windows Disk Management, it's likely in an uninitialized state. You must initialize a disk before the Logical Disk Manager can access it.

3. How do I fix SSD not detected in BIOS?

To get BIOS to detect the SSD, you need to configure the SSD settings in BIOS as follows.

  • Restart your computer, and press the F2 key after the first screen.
  • Press the Enter key to enter Config.
  • Select Serial ATA and press Enter.
  • Then you'll see the SATA Controller Mode Option.
  • Save your changes and restart your computer to enter BIOS.

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