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M4A77TD motherboard not reconizing my Seagate HDD

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December 2, 2010 7:29:29 PM

I'm putting togther a new computer from scratch and I am doing this for the first time and clearly need some help.

I've got everything connected in the proper location and all power connections are in place. The HDD is connected SATA 1 connection point.

The BIOS is recognizing all the installed components except the HDD. I was attempting to use a second hand SATA HDD that had been wiped clean. This did not work so I purchased a brand new HDD today. It is still not being recognized.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Mike

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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 2, 2010 7:44:55 PM

Try setting the raid or sata setting to "achi", if it's an option in your bios. Otherwise, use ide and disable raid if it's a separate setting and you don't need it. I use maxblast 5.0, a free download or it should be on your hardrive installation disk, if you bought a retail boxed drive. This is a large file; once installed, you can prep your drive as a boot or secondary drive and set the partition size. Then do a fresh windows install or clone your old drive. The drive with your operating system is protected when adding a new drive so you can't format it by mistake.
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December 2, 2010 7:57:04 PM

Thanks for getting back to me so quick!

I do in fact have the sata setting "achi" and it does not appear that "raid" is a seperate setting.

I will attempt to use the Maxblast program. From what I can read on the net this looks like it may be the boot program it is asking for, maybe?
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December 2, 2010 8:08:13 PM

I'm very much a new comer to all. I have downloaded the file. I'm not sure what to do next.
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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 2, 2010 8:40:05 PM

Install it on your current hardrive. You will have to reboot after installation. After rebooting, shut down your system and install your new drive. After bootup, click on the maxblast icon and decide if you want to clone your old drive, or simply format the new drive. Set up the new drive as a boot device. Then shutdown your system, disconnecting your old drive if you're not cloning it. Then power up with just the new drive connected and your windows dvd in your optical drive, and change the boot order in the bios to dvd>hardrive if needed. If you are using the same version of windows on both drives, you should be able to connect your old drive while the new drive is running windows and windows will configure it to the secondary drive automatically.
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December 2, 2010 8:55:14 PM

ok that actually sounds simply enough. my only problem is that the current computer I have is a laptop and therefore I do not have the ability to swap the hard drives. Is there a work around to this?
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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 2, 2010 9:59:57 PM

Is your new drive an external usb drive? Maxblast should also detect that. For regular drives, many laptops have enough space to add a second drive inside. If your new drive is portable, then prep it as secondary, and clone it.
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a c 223 V Motherboard
December 2, 2010 10:43:38 PM

Is the SATA power cable from the power supply plugged into the SATA HDD's power connector?

AHCI is the preferred SATA configuration, once you get the HDD detected in the BIOS Setup Utility.
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