I just assembled a computer with the following (applicable) specs:
Intel Core i7 930 HIS Radeon HD 5830 GA-X58A-UD3R Motherboard Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
After looking over the BIOS and making minor adjustments (fan control/timings, enabling SMART), I inserted the Windows 7 64-bit OEM installation disk. The installation process goes fine until it prompts me to select where I would like to install Windows, and says that it cannot find any drives! The BIOS does see the hard drive. I have tried loading several SATA drivers (through the Windows installer) to seemingly no effect. I have been experiencing these same issues regardless of whether the drive controller is on IDE or AHCI mode.
EDIT: Attempting to format HDD with gparted live cd . . .
More aboutsata detected win7 install
Even unformated, Windows install should see it.
Mmmmm, BIOS sees it, Windows install doesn't......
Seems to have done the trick! I assume that the installer must only see devices with partition tables (though, I suppose, it doesn't need partitions)?
Very odd indeed. No, Windows Install does NOT need to have a Partitioned and Formatted HDD. In fact, normally it will be happy to do those jobs for you on a new blank disk.