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Sata drive not found in Windows 7 Installation

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May 8, 2013 9:21:24 PM

Hey all,

There are a thousand threads on this issue and none have worked for me thus far.

I am trying to install Windows 7 official ISO from digital river. I have used the Windows 7 dvd to usb tool to create the bootable usb drive.

This is a brand new c omputer just assembled today

Hardware is:

Fx 6300 processor

Biostar a960D+ motherboard

Western Digital Blue 1 tb hard drive. WD10EZEX

Asus 650ti 1g

8 gigs Team Vulcan ram.

The hard drive is plugged into Sata 2 with my e-sata port currently in sata 4.

The startup identifies sata 2 as a hard drive.

in Bios sata 2 is listed as Hard Disk.

I select the usb as boot disk and start windows.

I select my language region and input, accept the waiver, and choose full installation of windows.

Windows says no drives detected.

I have my motherboard's drivers folder on the flash drive already. I hit browse, navigate to the Sata controller.

It runs through for a moment, with the green bar filling up... then it goes back to "No drives found."

I have tried every possible driver in the folder, including windows 7 64, 32, vista 64, 32, etc etc

Nothing has had any impact.
a b $ Windows 7
May 8, 2013 9:28:58 PM

in the bios make sure the SATA drive is set in IDE mode.
a b $ Windows 7
May 8, 2013 9:39:58 PM

Also check the age..bis rev of your mb and see if there any new bios files for bug fixes.
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a b $ Windows 7
May 8, 2013 9:42:54 PM

Have you tried your HD plugged into the first Sata connector? I had problems years ago with an older Gigabyte board that would only work in the first sata connector at system install. Don't know why. In your BIOS boot order, try only the USB > OS HD, nothing else.
May 9, 2013 7:31:28 AM

ingtar33 said:
in the bios make sure the SATA drive is set in IDE mode.


Ingtar,

I haven't been able to find an IDE mode in the bios information. The only options my bios gives me for hard drives are:

LBA / Large Mode

Block Multi sector transfer

PIO mode

DMA mode

S.M.A.R.T monitoring

32 bit data transfer



Avjguy: I had originally installed the HDD into Sata 1, and only moved it around to different connections after this initial problem. I had read that only certain Sata ports could read 6.0 gb/s hard drives.

My motherboard doesn't actually support 6.0 gb/s, only 3, but I tried changing sata ports, anyways.


a b $ Windows 7
May 9, 2013 11:37:27 AM

just checked out your bios manual.

1) go to Chipset Menu > Southbridge Configuration
2) then down to OnChip SATA Type
3) change the setting to IDE*
4) save and exit.

*note - the default setting is AHCI, remember this in case you have to reset your bios some day, that you'll need to make this change every time to make your SATA drive work

should fix your problem.
May 9, 2013 1:11:34 PM

ingtar33 said:
just checked out your bios manual.

1) go to Chipset Menu > Southbridge Configuration
2) then down to OnChip SATA Type
3) change the setting to IDE*
4) save and exit.

*note - the default setting is AHCI, remember this in case you have to reset your bios some day, that you'll need to make this change every time to make your SATA drive work

should fix your problem.


Thank you!

I just left home for a week right before I got this message, but I will test this once I get home. From a lot of the reading I've done, this should be the answer I need.
May 13, 2013 2:39:16 PM

ingtar33 said:
just checked out your bios manual.

1) go to Chipset Menu > Southbridge Configuration
2) then down to OnChip SATA Type
3) change the setting to IDE*
4) save and exit.

*note - the default setting is AHCI, remember this in case you have to reset your bios some day, that you'll need to make this change every time to make your SATA drive work

should fix your problem.



Tested this out this morning. It seems it was set to Native IDE on my model by default. I tried Legacy IDE, with no change, then back to Native IDE.

The only other options were RAID and AHCI.

I think I will get an external DVD drive and try using the actual installation disk. That will at least let me eliminate the flash drive as a variable.


I am curious if this is a problem specific to Windows 7. If I bought the System builder's version of Windows 8, would it have it's sata controllers on-hand and bypass this issue?
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