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Win 7 Wont Recognize Unformatted Hard Drive - How To Format That Drive ?


Windows 7 won't acknowledge the existence of second unformatted hard drive. How can i format drive is system doesn't recognize that it exists so i can format the drive to be used for backup? Both hdd are identical, wd750gb. Can't find how to format an unrecognized drive in help. First hdd is sata and using 64 bit format and want to use the same for second.

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