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New Build: Can't Install Win 7 64 Bit on New System

Hi Guys,

I am perplexed as to why I can't seem to install Windows 7 64-bit on my new system build - in particular my hard drive will not show up at all in the BIOS and in the Windows Setup screen. I have tried my drive on other computers, and it appears fine. The only SATA device that shows is my DVD Drive.

I have since purchased 2 different motherboards to try the hard drive on as well as purchase a second hard drive in case my current one is faulty. Both hard drives and motherboards refuse to recognise my hard drives and hence I am unable to install the Windows OS on them.

I hope someone more experienced can help me on this one

Things I have tried so far:

1)Going to the Asrock motherboard website to download the SATA AHCI drivers and loading them on a USB stick. During OS installation I hit "Load Drivers" and install them. Still no luck.

2)As mentioned before, I have purchased a second motherboard as well as a second hard drive just in case both of them are faulty.

Specs:

ASrock FM2A55M-HD+ Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 500Gb Hard drive
Thermaltake 650 Watt PSU
4GB Patriot DDR3 RAM
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  1. Best answer
    The most likely thing is your windows installation disk is broken and will need replacing.
    you could try installing in IDE mode and then switching to ACHI after the OS installation.
    Or you could try different ports on the motherboard.
  2. ganon11000 said:
    The most likely thing is your windows installation disk is broken and will need replacing.
    you could try installing in IDE mode and then switching to ACHI after the OS installation.
    Or you could try different ports on the motherboard.


    Thanks for the advice ganon11000, I doubt it is the installation disk issue, but anyways I have tried the 32bit version disc of Windows 7 and it still does not pick up the hard drive. I have also gone into the BIOS and switched it to IDE mode with no luck either.
  3. shadowhunt7 said:
    ganon11000 said:
    The most likely thing is your windows installation disk is broken and will need replacing.
    you could try installing in IDE mode and then switching to ACHI after the OS installation.
    Or you could try different ports on the motherboard.


    Thanks for the advice ganon11000, I doubt it is the installation disk issue, but anyways I have tried the 32bit version disc of Windows 7 and it still does not pick up the hard drive. I have also gone into the BIOS and switched it to IDE mode with no luck either.


    Are you running the latest BIOS from here?
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/FM2A55M-HD+/?cat=Download&os=BIOS

  4. Are you running the latest BIOS from here?
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/FM2A55M-HD+/?cat=Download&os=BIOS


    I had BIOS v1.5, however I have updated them to the latest via that link. Unfortunately both hard drives still do not show up in BIOS or Windows 7 setup screen.

    I have also tried both the hard drives on a working computer and surprisingly enough they both don't show up in windows explorer either..
  5. shadowhunt7 said:
    I had BIOS v1.5, however I have updated them to the latest via that link. Unfortunately both hard drives still do not show up in BIOS or Windows 7 setup screen.

    I have also tried both the hard drives on a working computer and surprisingly enough they both don't show up in windows explorer either..



    Try formatting the drive in NTFS on a working PC with MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition.
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