i don't know if this is the right place to put this, but im all out of ideas. when i run vista to install i never get past 0%. not only that i get one of three errors.. something like "windows setup could not reinitialize the deployment engine", something about couldnt intiate the restart phase, and "windows could not assign a drive letter to a partion on disk 0.".. well im not sure if its just not reading it or what. vista and bios have always recognized my drive. when i get the writing error or just try formatting it, it doesnt show anymore. this is solved by just leaving my computer off for a while, or plugging it into another sata drive. i dont know what to do, and nothing seems to help, seeing as how im building my own computer i cant do half the things i read that could help... someone help. feel free to move this post if its in the wrong section.. or whatever. o ya, and originally i got a disk read error, which really stumped me. i think thats when i changed the sata slot on my motherboard, which fixed it. im clueless..thanks for your help,
Fixed it by reformating fat, but harddrive died a few months later
Fixed one by reformating ntfs, install xp then upgraded to vista.
I have had alot of trouble with windows not recognizing hard drives. Accorting to microsoft it is best to install vista with minimal things hooked up. Friday I built an new computer, the one im typing on. i couldnt get vista or xp to install. It took me several hours of random errors before I went online and found something saying to install vista with out extra hardware. I unhooked all HD except Prinary, unhooked all drives except dvd. Did a dual instal xp and vista. Both worked perfect first time. I then put everything back in. Seems to be doing great.
ya, ive formated my hd before. im pretty sure its either vista or my hd LOL. but i dont want to return one and find the same problems when i get it back. i have 2gig ram and an 8600gt. sounds pretty vista compatible :\ and ive tried using my drivers from my motherboard. but that doesnt do much. idk really what to use from the drivers disk either. i just go to chipset-nvidia-vista-32bit-1500c (or something)-sata_ide
the only other options i could find are like raid n stuff but i dont use raid.. i have only 1 hd. so idk. im abotu to try and see if vista installs on an old hd. its ata.. but that shouldnt matter i dont think
make sure the sata hd is pluged into #1 plug. It isnt supposed to matter but Ive had it make a differnce. Then make sure you bios doesnt have some form of raid turned on. I was playing in bios and changed some setting and lost all my HD's. Bios said they were there but the operating system couldnt find them. They were in a raid configuration. If that doesnt turn up any answers then you need someone better then I.
If it wont recgonize the hd in 1 something is wrong. Sorry, but your past what i know. You need to find out why hd isnt recognized in slot 1. something is wrong it very likely the HD but sould be MOBO or Bios. I would see if someone else can help with bios settings.
I know my install wouldnt work if hd wasnt in slot 1