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Vista doesent recognnize my hdd

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March 26, 2009 4:02:42 PM

Hi i have purchased this home built computer and ive been having a problem with it, im trying to install windows vista and it gets the the point were it ask were to install it to, the problem is that is doesent recognize the hard drive, now ive been looking this up around the net all day yesterday and i found out i need to install a sata driver for it to recognize it. so i go to the gigabyte website and download the sata raid drivers and put it on my thumb drive, but everytime i try to install them, it says it failed to install and contact the products manufracturer to get the newest diver??? the the hdd does show up in the bios.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2009 4:33:08 PM

Download this:

Use it to make a partition and format the hard drive. After that, insert the Vista install disk and give it a try.
March 26, 2009 4:48:56 PM

i have a similar boot cd as that one and the problem is that is cant find the hard drive either.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2009 5:12:26 PM


How about taking the hard drive to another PC and formatting it there, is that an option?
March 26, 2009 5:18:24 PM

i thought that also but the other computer uses ide..
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2009 6:08:57 PM

you dont need a sata driver to install vista .

If you have just had this computer built for you return it to the person who built it . Theres a 90% chance the hard drive is faulty

If the hard drive shows in BIOS as a seagate 7200.11 model number theres a 99.99 % chance its faulty
March 26, 2009 6:12:44 PM

ok thanks
a b B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2009 8:38:38 PM

You should be able to change the drive to run in IDE mode in the BIOS to avoid installing the SATA drivers.
March 27, 2009 1:27:05 AM

i just got a new hard drive and its solved all the problems, thanks for all the help
a b B Homebuilt system
March 27, 2009 1:02:56 PM


Just curious, what kind of hard drive did you get now?
March 27, 2009 2:46:36 PM

a maxtor 250gb sata