4 Tutorials How to Fix SSD Not Detected In Windows 10

By nagib

PUBLISHED 12:15 pm GMT+0700 Sat September 2021

Just bought an SSD but it is not detected by your Windows 10 computer? Do not worry. You can try the tutorial below so that the SSD is detected in Windows 10.

SSD ( Solid-state drive ) has more advantages than conventional HDD. One of them is in terms of performance which is said to be better than HDD.

But behind it all, SSDs have a common problem that is often not detected in Windows OS. Usually even if it is properly connected to the computer, the SSD may not appear in File Explorer or Disk Manager.

Now for you Windows 10 users and experiencing the same problem as above, you can use the following 4 tutorials to fix SSD not detected in Windows in order to solve an unreadable SSD in Windows 10.

How to Fix SSD Unreadable in Windows 10

Check Your BIOS First

First, make sure the BIOS on your computer has detected the SSD. The BIOS itself is the program that boots your computer. The BIOS also controls important tasks between the OS and other attached devices.

To open the BIOS menu, press the function key ‘just when’ your computer boots. But the function keys on each computer are different, yes. For example, Dell PCs have the function key ‘F2,’ later ASUS, Acer, etc. computers have different function keys (you can find them on the internet).

You can read our tutorial on how to enter BIOS menu on Windows.

Once you are in the BIOS menu, look for the ‘Boot’ menu and check whether your SSD is listed there or not. If not, your problem may be with faulty hardware, or you need to configure the SATA controller in the BIOS menu.

The SATA controller is a hardware interface that connects the motherboard to the hard drive. So if the BIOS can’t detect the SSD, you can try changing the SATA controller mode.

  • Restart your PC and enter the BIOS menu.
  • Once done, navigate to “ Storage Options > Serial ATA > SATA Configuration .”
  • Select “ IDE Compatibility Mode .”
  • Save changes and restart your computer.

After doing this, your BIOS should be able to recognize the SSD. You can also use it after booting Windows 10.

Update Storage Controller Drive

This method is quite simple. You just need to make sure that the storage controller driver on your computer is the latest version.

Because outdated drivers usually make the device not work, and Windows 10 is unable to detect the new SSD.

  • In the search bar, type “ Device Manager .”
  • Locate and click on “ Storage controllers .”
  • Right-click “ Microsoft Storage Space Controllers .”
  • Select the option “ Update Driver .”
  • Click “ Search automatically for updated driver software .”
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After that, Windows will automatically install any available updates. When the update process is complete, you can restart your PC and open File Explorer or Disk Manager. Then try to see, whether Windows 10 can detect SSD or not.

Initializing SSD

If you have done the above method but the SSD is still not detected, maybe you forgot to initialize your SSD. Because SSDs that are not initialized will not appear in File Explorer or Disk Manager.

  • Type “ Disk Manager ” in the Windows 10 search bar.
  • When you find it, right-click the search result and select “ Run as administrator .”
  • Right-click the undetected SSD and select “ Initialize Disk .”
  • In the Initialize Disk box , select the SSD you want to initialize.
  • Click “ Ok ” to start the disk initialization process .
  • After completing “ Step 4 ,” return to “ Disk Manager .”
  • Right-click “ Volume ” and select “ New Simple Volume .”
  • Follow all on-screen instructions to set the SSD volume and drive letter .
  • Finally, restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
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After restarting the computer , Windows 10 will be able to detect the SSD. You can access it via File Explorer.

Fix Memory Problem

Usually, memory problems in Windows will make the SSD unrecognizable. To fix this, you can use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. Here’s how:

  • Search for “ Windows Memory Diagnostic ” in the search bar.
  • Right-click on the search results and select “ Run as administrator .”
  • Finally, click “ Restart now and check for problems (recommended) .”
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After that, your computer will immediately start the restart process and the diagnostic process will run automatically. But this process will usually take a long time. When it’s finished, your computer will reboot and display the test results automatically.

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