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How do I get my G74SX to recognize a 2nd HDD

GEB
Level 7
I recently purchased the following laptop.
ASUS G74SX-XT1
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz
16GB DDR3.

Also purchased a Seagate Momentus Mobile Hard Drive.
Model # Seagate ST9750420AS,
750GB, 2.5", 7200RPM, 16MB SATA

I've installed the drive in the 2nd dirve bay, but the OS does not recognize the drive. I found a post from BrodyBoy with pictures of an SSD install in the 2nd bay and matched my install to BrodyBoy's pic. Still not recognized. Any suggestions.
ASUS G74SX-XT1
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz,
16GB DDR3,
500GB HDD + 750GB Secondary HDD
3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (296.10)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Sentelic TP, BIOS version 203
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zsld0423
Level 9
Open up your start menu, and at Computer, right-click and click "Manage." Go down to Disk Management and click that, does the drive show up there? I'm wondering if you need to format it/give it a drive letter first, although I haven't had to do that in the past
Sager NP9370
256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD + 750GB 7200RPM Secondary HDD
nVidia GeForce GTX 680M 4GB VRAM
Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40GHz
16GB RAM
Mouse: MadCatz R.A.T. 7
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror
Additional Monitors: 24" 1080p Insignia LED/LCD TV and 21" Acer LCD Monitor
Windows 7 Ultimate

No I can not find it in the disc drive section.
ASUS G74SX-XT1
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz,
16GB DDR3,
500GB HDD + 750GB Secondary HDD
3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (296.10)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Sentelic TP, BIOS version 203

zsld0423
Level 9
and you're sure the cable connecting the hard drive to the board is fully connected? I know it may seem stupid, but I've had laptops that the keyboard won't work because I didn't get the cable in all the way >.< But at least it's easy to tell with the G74 since the bay is wide open to view
Sager NP9370
256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD + 750GB 7200RPM Secondary HDD
nVidia GeForce GTX 680M 4GB VRAM
Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40GHz
16GB RAM
Mouse: MadCatz R.A.T. 7
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror
Additional Monitors: 24" 1080p Insignia LED/LCD TV and 21" Acer LCD Monitor
Windows 7 Ultimate

Pretty sure... I've checked the connections several times and they are solidly connected at each end.
ASUS G74SX-XT1
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz,
16GB DDR3,
500GB HDD + 750GB Secondary HDD
3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (296.10)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Sentelic TP, BIOS version 203

zsld0423
Level 9
What about switching the 2 hard drives that are in there? Maybe it's a broken cable issue, idk thinking out loud haha
Sager NP9370
256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD + 750GB 7200RPM Secondary HDD
nVidia GeForce GTX 680M 4GB VRAM
Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40GHz
16GB RAM
Mouse: MadCatz R.A.T. 7
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror
Additional Monitors: 24" 1080p Insignia LED/LCD TV and 21" Acer LCD Monitor
Windows 7 Ultimate

Calling it a night... will try that tomorrow and report back. Thanks.
ASUS G74SX-XT1
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz,
16GB DDR3,
500GB HDD + 750GB Secondary HDD
3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (296.10)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Sentelic TP, BIOS version 203

Zygomorphic
Level 17
Try going into the BIOS and figuring out if the second HDD is disabled under the security settings. Also, the BIOS will recognize the hard-drive if anything will.
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OK switched bays and OS did not recognize the new drive. However, when I go into Bios during setup, I can see the drive on the save and exit screen. Under the "Boot Overdrive" section it lists:

P1: ST9500423AS - this is the original HDD
P0: ST9750420AS - this is the new HDD I'm trying to install
P2: Slimtype BD E DS4E1S- this is the Blu - Rays disc drive.

So it's there...I'm assuming from a previous post in this thread that the new drive needs to be formatted. I've only formatted a floppy drive, and it was quite a while ago The last time I installed an HDD, it was in a desktop and the OS did recognize the drive upon install and no formatting was required. Is my assumption accurate? I want to be sure that I'm doing the right thing. What are the next steps? Thanks.
ASUS G74SX-XT1
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz,
16GB DDR3,
500GB HDD + 750GB Secondary HDD
3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (296.10)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Sentelic TP, BIOS version 203

I found the HDD, but the format option is greyed out. The HDD shows as unallocated disk space with few options to select from.
ASUS G74SX-XT1
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz,
16GB DDR3,
500GB HDD + 750GB Secondary HDD
3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (296.10)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Sentelic TP, BIOS version 203