Originally Posted by cowdood
The problem is, the motherboard cd that came with it isn't recognized either. It gives the same boot message. In the Boot options in the bios I noticed that my hard drive was listed in Boot Device Priority... It says
1st boot device 1st floppy drive
2nd boot device ATAPI CD-ROM
3rd boot device SATA: SM-WDC WD6400
I'm assuming that's my western digital 640 gig drive, but it still says Hard drive not detected while booting up. Hm.
Also, my mobo doesn't support raid so I don't think that's the problem.
Got it to boot from disc. The HDD still shows up as not detected, but it's there in the bios and seems to be working. I am now formatting the drive which is taking very long; I thought it went fast but we'll see what happens.
What did you do to get it to boot from the XP disc? The last machine I built didn't have a problem detecting a SATA HDD nor did it have a problem booting from the cd. You shouldn't have had a problem booting from the cd either since the boot order was set correctly. I'm pretty sure they come set that way out of the box.
As for the HDD not being recognized still, everything should be okay once you get it formatted, and yes, formatting a 640gb drive will take a little while.