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.
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.
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.
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.