Upgrading and installing a new hard drive (HDD) or SSD is usually simple and easy.

But there are a few things to do to ensure you have a quick trouble free experience. We have made a quick How To guide to help you.

No HDD or SSD detected

When you install a new hard drive or SSD, your PC will not show the new drive in the “This PC” section.

You will need to initialise and format it using Windows 10 built in tool.

Initialise and Format

So your PC can detect your drive first initialise and format.

  • Right-click the Windows Start button
  • Select Disk Management
  • On the pop-up window right-click the disk that has a black bar
  • Select Initialise Disk

GPT Partition Selection

A new popup window will appear.

Select GPT (GUID Partition Table). This selection is usually recommended for most modern hard drives and those bigger than 2TB.

Create New Volume and Assign Disk letter

  • Now you will return to the previous window.
  • Right-click the disk section and select “New Simple Volume”
  • A wizard pop-up will appear. Follow the wizard and assign a letter to the new drive

Format the Drive

Next part of the wizard will ask you to format the drive.

  • Select NTFS file type
  • Select Quick format (unless you need to use FAT32, which is rare)


Your new shiny drive is fully initialised, formated and now usuable by your computer.

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