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May 21, 2013 10:46:56 AM

alright so i must apologise in advance for my bad grammar and thank you for your help
so my problem is that i just asembled my first pc the main parts i used for it are:
cpu: Intel Core i7 3770K 3,5 GHz
ram: corsair vengeance 4gb with the cooler
graphics card: gigabyte radeon hd 7950
motherboard: asus p8z77-v deluxe
power suply: lc8850ll v2.3 arkangel
and my hdd is a seagate barracuda 2tb
cd writer:samsung sh-s224bb
so anyways after i start my pc up and enter bios my hdd does not apear there only my cd writer does apear as a bootable device and when i continue to the windows screen where it says: "where do you want your windows" i canot select anything.So i continued to the windows driver update screen where i can click browse and my hdd sudenly apears there with a few windows forders already on it (i have booted windows 7 pro untill this stage multiple times now so i guess that's the cause) i can only see the forders there throught. So i have checked that all my pc components are pluged in corectly about 30 times now also the fans are runing everywhere on my casing i have tryed the format option in the windows 7 system repair cd from cmd and it says it is write protected i have not instaled any drivers yet besides from those from the asus motherboard cd but i heard they are outdated i have tryed instaling the new versions of the drivers from the asus website also with a usb port and they are not recodnisable on the windows driver update screen so if anyone has any solutions it would be great if you could explain them below since i spent a ton of money of this pc and im dying to try it out again thank you so mutch for your time :) 

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May 21, 2013 10:55:26 AM

You need to RMA your HDD its defective. HDD have the highest rate of failure because their mechanical and during shipping can be easily damaged. Please order another 4gbs of ram while your at it seeing a good computer with only 4gb of ram makes me extremely sad, such a waste of a good computer
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May 21, 2013 10:57:10 AM

ok. first of all, make sure your hd is plugged into the SATA 1 plug. in the bios make sure the SATA 1 drive is set to IDE mode.

save and restart, see if this fixes the problem. if the hard drive still isn't being detected you might have a faulty hard drive or SATA cable.

-Try another sata cable, if that doesn't fix it you might have a faulty hard drive.
-confirm this by plugging another SATA hard drive into the system and seeing if your mb can detect it. if it can, then it's a dead hard drive... if it can't then you have a problem with your motherboard.
-try all the sata ports and if that doesn't work, then you'll need to return the motherboard.
-if the other hard drive works fine return the new hard drive.
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May 21, 2013 10:58:52 AM

firo40 said:
You need to RMA your HDD its defective. HDD have the highest rate of failure because their mechanical and during shipping can be easily damaged. Please order another 4gbs of ram while your at it seeing a good computer with only 4gb of ram makes me extremely sad, such a waste of a good computer

thank you for your info sooo mutch i will run to the store tomorrow and replace it will update about the status afterwards
also about the ram i just got 4gbs for starters just to make it work i have the other 3 sticks of 8gbs on their way so it should do nicely ;) 
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May 21, 2013 11:01:05 AM

That makes me feel alot better :)  congrats on your first build sorry you gotta a defective drive it happens though. The guy suggesting to use the sata1 port has been smoking crack lol
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May 21, 2013 11:06:50 AM

ingtar33 said:
ok. first of all, make sure your hd is plugged into the SATA 1 plug. in the bios make sure the SATA 1 drive is set to IDE mode.

save and restart, see if this fixes the problem. if the hard drive still isn't being detected you might have a faulty hard drive or SATA cable.

-Try another sata cable, if that doesn't fix it you might have a faulty hard drive.
-confirm this by plugging another SATA hard drive into the system and seeing if your mb can detect it. if it can, then it's a dead hard drive... if it can't then you have a problem with your motherboard.
-try all the sata ports and if that doesn't work, then you'll need to return the motherboard.
-if the other hard drive works fine return the new hard drive.

eh alright first of all im kinda a newbie with the new computer stuff since my last pc is now about 12 years old and most of the plugs are diferent so if you would have any idea how to sata 1 plug looks like it would be great since all i can see is 4x 3gbs ports,2 6gbs ports and 2 ssd ports (atleast thats what it says in the manual) and ofcourse the power cable my disc is pluged into a random 3gbs port atm also my bios is set to ide mode at the moment thank you for your time
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May 21, 2013 11:11:30 AM

firo40 said:
That makes me feel alot better :)  congrats on your first build sorry you gotta a defective drive it happens though. The guy suggesting to use the sata1 port has been smoking crack lol

tnx man and yeah i do believe so it wouldn't be he first time i bought a defective hdd :) 
lol well yeah its confusing to be honest not completely sure but what i found on the net is that you can plug your sata disc into a random ide slot(believe thats what the little 3gbs/6gbs usb-like slots are called) and then just conect the closest conector from your power supply to it that is corect right? since i did that with my cd drive and it works great with no problem whatsoever
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May 21, 2013 11:16:56 AM

:\ the manual should tell you which sata ports are which. the sata 1 port is usually reserved for the boot drive. now with most bios it doesn't matter, so what i'm telling you to do is probably pointless. i just want to eliminate the chance this is one of the rare mb/bios which cares which sata port you're using for your boot drive.
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May 21, 2013 11:37:35 AM

ingtar33 said:
:\ the manual should tell you which sata ports are which. the sata 1 port is usually reserved for the boot drive. now with most bios it doesn't matter, so what i'm telling you to do is probably pointless. i just want to eliminate the chance this is one of the rare mb/bios which cares which sata port you're using for your boot drive.

alright well i checked that out in the manual and i did plug it in but nothing happened so i will probably take the hard disk back tomorrow and demand a new one after if that does not work im planing on doing the same with the motherboard as you said earlyer so thank you for your help :) 
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May 21, 2013 11:40:04 AM

no problem. good luck!
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May 21, 2013 11:58:30 AM

Wouldn't be the 1st time that you need to connect the boot device on the 1st SATA port.
Read the manual that comes with the board on what is the 1st port. (page 2-27) or download it here....

http://www.asus.nl/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77...

Personally i'd would use AHCI instead of IDE. IDE doesn't utilize NcQ.
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May 21, 2013 1:47:28 PM

RandomTox said:
Wouldn't be the 1st time that you need to connect the boot device on the 1st SATA port.
Read the manual that comes with the board on what is the 1st port. (page 2-27) or download it here....

http://www.asus.nl/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77...

Personally i'd would use AHCI instead of IDE. IDE doesn't utilize NcQ.

Well i do believe it works in any of those sata ports in my case since my cd reader was pluged into a completely random port and i could select it as the boot device with it working perfectly.
I already did that,well i must have missed the sata 1/2 port picture the first time i did it, also i was thinking of going with ahci as you mentioned since if im not mistaking it has some nice advantages that might be usefull. It is fully windows 7 pro/ultimate compatible throught right?
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May 21, 2013 2:06:26 PM

AHCI has more advantages. And it is Windows 7/8 compatible. But set the SATA controller in the BIOS before installation. Changing it afterwards isn't without risk.
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May 23, 2013 12:09:47 PM

RandomTox said:
AHCI has more advantages. And it is Windows 7/8 compatible. But set the SATA controller in the BIOS before installation. Changing it afterwards isn't without risk.

great i did that tnx for the warning :) 
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