I am using an old motherboard, which uses SiS645DX chipset (motherboard is P4S533-E). I needed a new hard disk, so I bought a PCI controller card knowing that the motherboard doesn't have native SATA support. This is the card: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4706
I bought a 320gb western digital hard disk - WD32 00AAKS, and connected everything. Under my computer there is no new drive registered. Under Disk management the disk is registered but it says not initialized. When I right click on it there is no initialize option.
I have searched the net and looked on the western digital website but there is no answer to my specific problem. I can't find any thread with the same problem. Everyone just says right click and click on initialize but that option is not there for me. what can I do? I've tried putting the hard disk in channel 0, and channel 1 but still no luck.
All my drivers are up to date. and under device manager it says the device is working properly.
I had the same issue also ... at first i thought it was vista .. because i was able to format another 2gb hard drive from wd (which is now deceased) from my other computer which was running xp w/no problem .. now i have a 2gb seagate barrcuda ... and i guess like jeronz, i was not clicking the right spot .. i was clicking where it said unallocated ... but u actually have to click where it has the red arrow hovered over disk 2 as in the diagram above ... walla it worked .. formatting as i txt ... hopes this helps ...