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New to SATA HDDs

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October 28, 2009 3:00:46 AM

I have some questions about working with SATA HDDs. I have a WD caviar black 750 gb HDD and a Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H Mobo. All of this is brand new and I'm trying to partition my HDD so I can install windows 7 on it. I've never used SATA HDD's before.

In BIOS, the HDD is just being recognized on IDE channel 2 master. Shouldn't it be recognized as a SATA drive? If so, what do I need to do to enable SATA recognition?

When I boot into Acronis Disk Director Suite 10, to create the partition for windows 7 installation, the drive is not being recognized. The only drive that appears is my old back up IDE drive. How do I get the SATA drive to be recognized?


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a b G Storage
October 28, 2009 3:19:19 AM

It is hooked in via a SATA port, correct? Are you using Vista? If so, right click on my computer, go to manage, and then find storage. You should be able to do a quick format of the new drive and such, as well as partition it right there. If it doesn't show there, well, there may be a problem I am not sure of.
October 28, 2009 3:48:49 AM

Yes, it's connected via a SATA port. Right now there is no OS installed. It's a completely clean system.