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January 20, 2011 11:49:08 AM

I have just finished my first build. It posts fine, and I can get to the BIOS, but my hard drive is not recognized. Re-plugged everything....still not recognized.

Can anyone tell me what to do next??

1TB WD Caviar Black SATAIII
ASUS P6X58D
Corsair Dominator 6GB
Intel Core i7 950

Thanks in advance

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January 20, 2011 12:52:47 PM

Is the hard drive you are using your primary drive? Your issue may be that it has not been formatted to a specific set up (like fat32 or ntfs). If this is the hard drive you intend to have your operating system on, you may need to format and reload your OS. If the drive has a preloaded copy of windows from another machine, sometimes there is an issue with the copy being proprietary to the motherboard that drive was installed with. My guess would be this is a formatting or wiring issue, but post back with a little more details on how you have your drives set up, if this is the primary drive, etc.
January 20, 2011 1:01:02 PM

evilavatar said:
Is the hard drive you are using your primary drive? Your issue may be that it has not been formatted to a specific set up (like fat32 or ntfs). If this is the hard drive you intend to have your operating system on, you may need to format and reload your OS. If the drive has a preloaded copy of windows from another machine, sometimes there is an issue with the copy being proprietary to the motherboard that drive was installed with. My guess would be this is a formatting or wiring issue, but post back with a little more details on how you have your drives set up, if this is the primary drive, etc.



I have not formatted it, I intalled it right out of the box. It will be the primary drive. I have Window 7 Pro 64bit to put on it. How do I go about fomatting and installing the OS if the drive is not recognized in the BIOS?
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January 20, 2011 1:05:04 PM

your best bet is to go into the bios and boot from the windows cd and see if it will format and load your os for you.
January 20, 2011 1:20:08 PM

evilavatar said:
your best bet is to go into the bios and boot from the windows cd and see if it will format and load your os for you.


When I boot from the window CD and try an install, there are no drives available. Can't see the HD there either. Any other suggestions?
January 20, 2011 1:25:58 PM

if you have another computer you can try booting and formatting the drive in the other computer than installing it in your new build, if you can't try getting an external enclosure and connecting the hard drive via a usb slot. If it is still not recognized you probably have a defective drive and I would take it back and ask for a refund/ replacement.
January 20, 2011 2:36:08 PM

evilavatar said:
if you have another computer you can try booting and formatting the drive in the other computer than installing it in your new build, if you can't try getting an external enclosure and connecting the hard drive via a usb slot. If it is still not recognized you probably have a defective drive and I would take it back and ask for a refund/ replacement.


Ok. So I swithed the connection from the SATA III on my motherboard to the SATA II. Now it can see the drive, and am installing window as we speak. So, the drive is fine. Is there something I need to to with the motherboard to be able to use the SATAIII ports? I am a little baffled as to why this is happening.
January 20, 2011 2:58:05 PM

No, your drive is probably not an sata 3 drive or the connectors are not the correct type. I would double check the box and see if it says it's sata 3 compatible, it sounds like if it says it is, the wrong drive came in the box.
January 20, 2011 3:12:55 PM

evilavatar said:
No, your drive is probably not an sata 3 drive or the connectors are not the correct type. I would double check the box and see if it says it's sata 3 compatible, it sounds like if it says it is, the wrong drive came in the box.


Both drive and board are definitely SATA3
January 20, 2011 5:12:33 PM

I would call the manufacturor than, maybe you have defective connectors or they did not set the board up with the right drivers to detect the drive as an sata 3 drive.
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