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I have connected my new sata hard drive, it is the same brand as the initial one I installed, only has more memory, My bios has it has being installed, my device manager sees it and says it is not initialized, how do I access this new hard drive?

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You need to initialize it under Windows Disc Management.

Which version of windows are you using?

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