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Bios does not detect hard drive, but windows 7 does

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July 23, 2013 1:41:09 PM

Hi guys, and girls,
I bought a brand new hard drive, seagate barracuda 500gb. I know nothing is wrong with the connectors or the drive, because i have tried it in another pc. You see, I have a Intel D945GCCR, and when I go into hard drive it says No Hard drive. however i load up windows 7 setup and it goes fine, until it says where do you want to install this device. the Hard drive does not show up! and if I hit refresh a few times it might show up, but even if it does, it says" windows can not be installed to this drive, click for more details." If I click on it, it says Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu. but it does not show up in the bios so .... What do i do? please help soon!
a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
July 23, 2013 1:57:02 PM

could it be the power to the HD? Can you switch it to another power source.
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July 23, 2013 2:00:17 PM

getochkn said:
could it be the power to the HD? Can you switch it to another power source.

I put it in another pc worked like a charm, and I changed the power cable too!

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July 23, 2013 2:13:30 PM

Your Intel mobo is pretty old. If I remember correctly, some mobos around this time did not suport HDD with over certain sizes. Windows environment has to be secondary to BIOS detection. If the mobo's BIOS is unable to detect this drive properly, you surely will run into problem. Try to update the BIOS on this mobo, if possible. But your HDD must be detected at BIOS level EVERY TIME, before you can proceed with OS installation.
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July 23, 2013 2:17:00 PM

goonbar79 said:
Your Intel mobo is pretty old. If I remember correctly, some mobos around this time did not suport HDD with over certain sizes. Windows environment has to be secondary to BIOS detection. If the mobo's BIOS is unable to detect this drive properly, you surely will run into problem. Try to update the BIOS on this mobo, if possible. But your HDD must be detected at BIOS level EVERY TIME, before you can proceed with OS installation.

it apparently supports up to 3 tb, so yeah, guys im stuck
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July 23, 2013 2:42:38 PM

I wouldn't waste too much time on this. The specs on paper is not always accurate in the real world, so update BIOS on mobo (reset all settings to default), remove everything on the mobo (to keep things simple) excep the HDD, plug the HDD's SATA cable into port 0, make sure the SATA power is getting enough juice from the psu, and try once more. If still nothing, try other SATA ports, and try another SATA cable. If still nothing, consider the mobo problem confirmed, either due to lack of support or defect.

FYI, I have seen HDD detection problem due to HDD firmware problem, but we had specialized equipment to force-flash firmware, so that won't be possible here (and I'm pretty sure your HDD is fine)
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July 23, 2013 2:57:39 PM

Make sure you controller type in the BIOS is set to ACHI and not IDE. Windows 7 has issues with the IDE setting for the controller on Intel motherboards. You may want to flash the BIOS to the most recent version as well.
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July 23, 2013 3:05:15 PM

DerekVGH said:
Make sure you controller type in the BIOS is set to ACHI and not IDE. Windows 7 has issues with the IDE setting for the controller on Intel motherboards. You may want to flash the BIOS to the most recent version as well.

i dont have a ahci option. HELP

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July 23, 2013 3:20:04 PM

of course not. You have an old sata1 motherbd. The only help for that is to buy a new motherbd which would be money better off saved for an entire system upgrade.

Jumper the drive and let us know if that resolved your issue.
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July 23, 2013 3:33:10 PM

Try setting the ATA/IDE configuration to Enhanced, and then set Configur SATA as to AHCI.
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July 24, 2013 7:56:19 AM

DerekVGH said:
Try setting the ATA/IDE configuration to Enhanced, and then set Configur SATA as to AHCI.

I dont have a ATA/IDE option, or a configure Sata option
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