When you have placed a new hard drive into your external casing, it is normal that the hard drive is not yet recognized by Windows explorer
Windows works with logical volumes, that must be created. The drive must be partitioned and formatted.
When you have installed a drive that came from another system, like DVR, media player, NAS, hard disk recorder, Game console etc. it is possible that the drives won't be recognized by Windows. This is because it is formatted in a way that windows do not support. When you need to use these hard disks, you have to re-format the drives in the Windows NTFS file system. When this is not possible from the Windows disk manager, you could try 3rd party apps, like “Gparted” and “MiniTool Partition Wizard” etc.
Please note! When you use an existing hard disk from another system, and you repartition and format the drive. All the data will be lost on that partition.
Please create a backup first, on the system where the hard disk was originally used for. After this you can remove the disk and place it in the housing. We are not liable for any data loss.
Below you can find how to make an unknown partition available in Windows 10.
1. Press right mouse button on the Windows start menu icon and press on the Disk Manager with the left mouse button. Disk Manager has started, and you will see the screen below:
2. As default you will see that the new hard disk has the status ‘’Offline”. Please click right mouse button on "Offline" and select "Online" You will see that the drive is "Unallocated".
3. Press with "Right mouse button" on the "Unallocated" space. Now choose "Create new volume" and select "New simple volume" and press Next.
4. The following screen will appear:
Windows will determine the maximum capacity of the volume. You could divide the volume into multiple parts, then you must adjust the size of the volume. Press "Next" to continue.
5. You can choose a drive letter to add and press "Next" to continue.
6. Now the hard disk must be formatted. It is recommended to choose the NTFS-filesystem. Volume name you can choose as you like. Press "Next" to continue.
7. When done formatting, you'll see a summary screen, you can press "Next" to continue. Please wait a few moments to let Windows finish the settings. The drive will now be available in Windows explorer.