Computer won't recognize new harddrive

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Computer won't recognize new harddrive


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I'll try to keep this short while giving enough information.

My desktop has a 5-disk configuration for video editing. The primary disk (C:) is 1.5TB that's about 50% full and the others are 2.0TB disks. I need to replace the primary drive (C:) with a 4TB WD Black disk and plan to clone the old drive with AOMEI Pro. Unfortunately, I cannot get my desktop (or my laptop for that matter) to recognize the new disk. I've tried an onboard slot on my desktop, as well as a USB/SATA cable on both the laptop and the desktop (The cable is a SATA III, but I presume it's backward compatible, if necessary.) I cannot see the new disk in Disk Manager or Aomei either. I'm starting to think the new disk is bad.

Any suggestions?

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Does the BIOS setup of the computer see the new drive? Have you tried booting with only two or three drives connected, instead of five?
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Post by HD76 »

You could check to see if there is a BIOS or UEFI update for the PC. Harddrives over 2.2 TB require require supported controllers/firmware/drivers to work on older machines.

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