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Installation issues with brand new SATA HDD

  • SATA
  • Hard Drives
  • Windows Vista
Last response: in Windows Vista
July 2, 2008 6:31:38 PM

So I've just purchased brand new eeeverything as I wanted to build my own PC. I am trying to install windows vista home prem 64bit and I'm having problems. The vista installer doesn't recognize my SATA drive. I've heard that I don't need to install drivers for the HDD because it isn't in a RAID array. Note that the drive isn't formatted or partitioned, could this be the issue? When I try to format the drive with the vista installer it gives an error and cannot do so. Also, the HDD is physically installed correctly as BIOS makes full note of its presence.
My equipment is as follows:

- Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB SATA HDD
- gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L mobo

I know lots of people are having issues with this and I can't seem to find a fix. Thanks in advance for any help!


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July 2, 2008 8:21:39 PM

I had a similar problem recently installing a brand new WD SATA HD with Vista 64. Vista 64 installation could not recognize the drive properly and format and install. I used a Wiindows XP CD to format the HD. Vista 64 then recognized the drive and formatted and installed no problem.
July 2, 2008 8:33:39 PM

That's probably the most straight forward answer i've received yet, thanks badge