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Motherboard Hard drive drivers

Last response: in Motherboards
March 23, 2010 2:29:05 PM

Hello all,

I have recently replaced a laptop hard drive in my gateway laptop. I am attempting to partition and re-install windows. Apparently, if the windows disk that I use is NOT provided by Gateway, it needs a motherboard SATA driver.
I have the correct driver I believe I need. The instructions say to hit F6 during setup to get to the third party install, which I can do.... BUT I am not able to get the laptop to see my USB drive with the driver on it. Does anyone know what I must do to the USB drive to get it to be recognized by the computer... ie. BIOS settings, bootable USB, and/or what driver files must be present where on the drive?

Thanks for your help everyone!
a c 292 V Motherboard
a b D Laptop
March 23, 2010 5:27:26 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Do you try install windows in the new HD without load any driver?
March 23, 2010 5:52:20 PM

Yes. Windows loads a bunch of setup files and right before it asks you if you want to partition a drive ect. It pops up saying that it can not recognize any hard drive hardware.
a c 292 V Motherboard
a b D Laptop
March 23, 2010 6:09:42 PM

Ok, check in the BIOS if the HD mode is on IDE and not in AHCI or RAID mode, this could be the problem.