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Old 06-26-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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Question New Build, HD not recognized

I'm building my first computer. I have a SATA connected hard drive and I'm having problems installing vista ultimate, as it will not recognize my hard drive.



If I go to "Load Drivers" from this screen and go to browse, C:\ is an option. However if I select it, it says it is not formatted and gives me the option to format it. If I click format, I get an error message.



Is this just a problem in the BIOS, or do I need a driver, or what?

Thank you for any help.

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Default Re: New Build, HD not recognized

could be a faulty HD. Exchange it for a new one.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:33 AM   #3
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Check your BIOS. If the SATA controller is set as "ACHI" or "RAID" change it. Depending on the BIOS, it should say "Legacy" or "IDE" for the option you want.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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Default Re: New Build, HD not recognized

celegorm is right, you hd is not broken

i had the same problem on one of my builds

it is a setting in bios you have to change

if you really can't get it, just call your mobo manufacturer and they will know
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:53 AM   #5
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celegorm is right, you hd is not broken
I wouldn't put it like that. There is a chance that his HDD is bad, but this was just the most likely thing I could see. I may still be wrong.
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What specific BIOS settings should be changed for the HDD to show up? Also, do I need to format the HDD first, and if so - How?
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Usually it's in the chipset settings, othertimes in the "disk" area of BIOS. The specific setting name (and the menu it's in) varries by board. Best I can really say is to look around for the term "SATA"

No, there is no need to format the drive. Windows will take care of that as part of the install process.
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Default Re: New Build, HD not recognized

Just a shot in the dark...you have two cables connected to the hard disk correct? Power and SATA.

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I just noticed your detail component list...forgive me for asking such a question. I doubt you would have missed that.
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