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BIOS detecting hard drive, Vista install does not, seems to be stuck in RAID?

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August 25, 2013 4:30:38 PM

Hello everyone, I'm having an issue with my Vista install and I hope you can help me as I seem to have exhausted all previous discussions about this and I still can't solve my problem.

My hard drive failed on my computer, so I naturally bought a new hard drive to replace it. So now I'm trying to install the original OS. The problem is that even though BIOS seems to recognize my new drive, the Vista installation shows NO hard drive available and for the life of me I can't seem to make it recognize it. I tested the new hard drive on another computer and it works fine, and I also tested another hard drive in the new install and BIOS also recognizes it and the Vista install DOES NOT.



However, seeing previous discussions about this, the problem may be that BIOS is placing the hard drive in RAID mode (which I have no clue about):




But for the life of me, I can't seem to change it to SATA or IDE or whatever other option I need to make it work. The BIOS menu just gives me the option to choose a RAID mode, but nothing about getting it out of RAID mode. The option seems to be greyed out, perhaps locked? I switched the cable and moved them around to other SATA ports, but no luck... same thing...



Any help would be appreciated, a few hours away from chucking this damn thing out the window...

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a c 78 G Storage
August 25, 2013 4:34:33 PM

Try pressing F9 during boot and see if you can configure the drive.

What MB or comp do you have? Set optimized defaults in BIOS. Maybe that will change the RAID to IDE or AHCI mode.
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August 25, 2013 4:37:32 PM

Reset the CMOS, (power off) move the jumper pin or pop the battery out for 10 min to default the bios. IDE mode will be sata default
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August 25, 2013 5:07:20 PM

spooky2th said:
Try pressing F9 during boot and see if you can configure the drive.

What MB or comp do you have? Set optimized defaults in BIOS. Maybe that will change the RAID to IDE or AHCI mode.


Thank you for the reply! It's a Gateway desktop PC. Reset it to default a few times already with no results.

I pressed the F9 option already and got this:





Nothing really about changing it to another mode...

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August 25, 2013 5:09:38 PM

ur6beersaway said:
Reset the CMOS, (power off) move the jumper pin or pop the battery out for 10 min to default the bios. IDE mode will be sata default


Hmmm... didn't try shutting it off from the power actually. Will try that!

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August 26, 2013 6:12:53 AM

Select "spanned" and try that configuration. If that does not work, try "striped." Looks like Gateway has locked the Bios. One reason I do not ever buy a Gateway or most any other big name brands. Build your own.
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