My new build consists of a Gigabyte EP45-UD3L motherboard, a Q8200 CPU, 4 gigs of G Skill ram, a HIS Radeon 4850 Turbo GPU and a single Western Digital Caviar 80 gig SATA hard drive.
When I try to install my OS, Vista is unable to locate a drive on which to be installed. My problem seems specific to Vista since, as far as I can tell, bios recognizes all of my components as working with no problems.
I've read on some forums that perhaps I need to install some kind of SATA controller drivers, but from my understanding, that would only be the case if I were running a RAID array.
So, maybe you folks can help me with another question I've got then. The reason I bought such a small hard drive was because a) I wanted to bring down my bottom line and b) I had planned on installing the drive from my previous rig in my new PC. However, I seem to have hit a wall because the motherboard does not detect the new drive at all. I should point out that it is an older IDE drive that I have connected to a ribbon cable shared with my optical drive. To the best of your knowledge, do these things pose an issue?
Your computer should detect the drive just fine. Are you sure the jumpers on the HD and optical drive are set correctly? You didn't miss a power cable did you? I've used 4 SATA HD's, 2 SATA optical drives, and one old IDE HD at the same time in my HTPC so I know it's possible.