This is a little bit of a longish question... about the hard drive drivers for the ACER Aspire 5735. Please bare with me
I have a corrupted Windows Vista installation which won't allow me to recover the OS using Acer eRecovery, (stalls in the installation). So I decide better to rather put Windows 7 on the PC.
However when I began with the installation, the Windows install could not see the hard drive. So this leaves me stuck, as I can't see the harddrive to reinstall any OS and the Acer eRecovery software is also defunct.
I realise that I need a SATA driver for the AHCI controller. I did a quick search in the forum as well as elsewhere:
Can you still boot to the recovery partition ?.
if so the hard disk is probably not damaged but c: maybe corrupted
Some recovery programs have a small hidden partition and the recovery files are on d: (D:\hdd recovery) (example recent Toshiba laptops)
others have a larger recovery partition containing the recovery files.
I purchased a second hand Acer Extensa 5235 with Windows 7 x86=32 bit I made a backup recovery set which was on 3 DVD's.
I wiped the partition cylinder before re installing, I no longer have it so I can't remember the exact details of the recovery partition.
If the recovery partition is Vista x64 and you are installing Win 7 X86 (32bit) you may need to use a PE3 recovery CD/DVD USB disk to rescue any data from C: or D: then wipe the partition cylinder of the hard disk, before trying again.
If it was lack of sata drivers you can go into the BIOS and change SATA controller setting from AHCI or Native or RAID (name depends on BIOS) to ATA or PATA compatible, then no extra driver is required.
Aser will sell you a set of Vista recovery DVD's for your laptop, or someone with a similar Acer could loan them to you
(they are pre-activated after installing on Acer laptops but require activation on different brands of PC.
If possible I would try to connect that tricky hdd to a different computer (the one you're on?) and delete all partitions and format that sob from that computer. You could also try using something like Ultimate Boot CD to get something going but I don't have much experience with that.
Guys I have a question with this demon Motherboard.
I have two partitions on one Harddrive. if I am upgrading for Vista to Win 7 do I need to make sure both partitions are NTFS? Reason is there is important data on the second partition. And I dont'want to delete it
The partition your installing Windows to will need to be NTFS. The other one doesn't matter but it seems like your problems are leading towards completely removing all partitions on the drive. Maybe you should just buy a new drive to install Windows on and use the other for backups.