Curious Case of the Vanishing Hard Drive

Curious Case of the Vanishing Hard Drive

By Terry Stockdale for

Terry purchased a new hard drive and had dreams of boundless storage space. Little did he know – that new space would be so difficult to locate. –PC Pitstop.

Recently, I upgraded my desktop computer by adding a new hard drive — a Seagate 4 TB internal drive — to give me lots of storage space for backup of my main drives, as well as temporary storage of video files recorded by Windows Media Center.

Everything went well for a while. My desktop is using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Without any special software, Windows 7 recognizes the 4TB drive and can handle it as a data drive or a boot drive.

However, after a couple days, I got a Windows Media Center error that it could not record because there was no storage space available.

I checked the WMC configuration to make sure the drive was set up — it was, but WMC reported that there was 0 GB available. I opened Windows Explorer and got a shock — the new drive was no longer shown in Windows Explorer.

I rebooted. No luck. So I did a shutdown of the computer. When I restarted the computer, all was well. My 4 TB drive was available as K: just as I wanted it to be.

That lasted about 2 days.

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This post is excerpted with the permission of Terry’s Computer Tips.

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  1. Terry I had same here what I did was split my hard drive into 4 partitions and it worked plus I added another and split that one as well got all drives and all show been that way for months now use Administration tools to split the drive in 4 drives it works I'm on Windows XP- 7 should have it as well if not split on another computer and format in NTFS.

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