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Fix Windows 10 not Detecting Second Hard Drive

Some people use two hard drives for additional space or backup purposes. It is a common complaint that the second drive isn’t shown on My Computer after Windows 10 upgrade. This could be because the drive letter is missing or the drivers are outdated. In severe cases, your hard drive may not be detected if partitions on your drive are lost. This article describes the troubleshooting steps for the second hard drive not detected.

  1. Change drive letter

Sometimes your hard drive may be properly connected and functioning well. But if it doesn’t have a letter assigned, then it will not be shown on This PC/My Computer. So try changing the drive letter using the steps explained below.

  • In Windows 10, right-click on the Start button and click on Disk Management.
  • Find your second hard drive and right click on it
  • Go to ‘Change drive letter and path’ and click on Change
  • Choose a letter for your partition from the list and confirm
  • Then restart your computer

Check if you can detect your hard drive, if not you can check for driver updates explained in the next step.

  1. Check for driver updates

Before you upgraded your system to Windows 10, was your system detecting the second hard drive? If yes, your current hard disk drivers are probably not compatible with Windows 10. To solve this issue,

  • Right-click on the Start menu and select Device Manager
  • Expand disk drives and find your second drive
  • Right click on it and select Update driver software
  • You can follow instructions if there are any updates and your drivers will be updated.
  • Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
  • Click on Windows key and in the search bar look for Troubleshooting
  1. Lost/missing partitions

Partitions on the drive can get corrupted or lost due to file system file corruption or due to virus attacks. This results in data becoming inaccessible on that drive. In such cases, you need to make use of data recovery tools like Remo Recover.

About Remo Recover

  1. Remo Recover is a great tool to recover lost or damaged partitions from your hard disk drives. In addition to hard drives, it supports recovery from USB’s, memory cards and other storage devices.
  2. It uses powerful scanning algorithms to scan your drive and recovers data in the original structure. All types of files such as photos, videos, documents etc are supported.
  3. The software supports all file systems such as FAT 16, FAT 32 and NTFS etc. A guide on how to recover FAT 32 files are provided in this article.
  4. All kinds of hard drives like SATA, SCSI, SSD are supported.
  5. GPT partitioning methods are becoming increasingly common due to the advantages it provides like setting up drives larger than 4TB and faster boot time. Remo Recover can be used to recover data from GPT partitions as well. A guide on how to recover data from GPT protective partition is provided in this article.
  6. The software supports all versions of Windows including Windows 10 are supported.
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John Harris

Senior Editor, Content Analyst and a fan of exceptional customer service. John develops and publishes instructional and informational content regarding partition management, Windows hot-fixes, data management and computer troubleshooting.

As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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