Hey everyone, just joined but i have used this place to help me unlock the mysteries that are associated with building your own system
My current problem is as follows:
I recently purchased an Intel i3 3.08ghz processor, 4gb of G.SKILL 1333 mhz ddr3 RAM, a BIOSTAR H55A+ Mobo, and a Western Digital 500gb Caviar Blue HDD along with a copy of Win7 (32bit home) which i have installed on the HDD.
(if its any help im also SLI'ing an XFX and an EVGA 8800GT)
However, with my new motherboard installed, i cannot seem to get it to detect the WD HDD (which is connected via SATA).
I have tried both the IDE and the AHCI settings in BIOS and neither seem to be the solution
I should also add that I have not yet been able to install the software on the CD that came with my biostar, because my CD drive is an IDE drive, and the H55A+ does not have any IDE slots.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, because im starting to get really frustrated with all this.
Well i got a new SATA DVD drive, and now win7 says it cannot install to my HDD, ive tried using diskpart to clean my HDD, and it came up with an I/O error. now diskpart does not even see any disks. this is supremely frustrating,
Is there some driver from my motherboards CD that i could point to during installation to get this to work? Or could i take this HDD and attempt to stick it in my Blacx Thermaltake Internal to External thing and try and manually create some partitions using a program or something?
If not, im probably just going to try and RMA this WD HDD to newegg and see if i cant finally get this problem solved
If it is any help, when i first got Win7 to install on this HDD on my old motherboard (just a day or 2 before i ended up replacing that board with this new biostar and all these problems began) it did install correctly, and i got to the desktop and everything. I then went to my computer and just for kicks tried to do the windows power index rating thing or whatever it is (the numerical measurement of your computers ability) and it ran for a little then appeared to freeze, i tried ctrl alt deleting out of it, froze the whole system and had to do a "hard" power off. Perhaps the HDD did actually start failing then, idk.
thanks for the help guys, ive already tried different cables and power connectors as well as different ports. i put the HDD into my Thermaltake BlacX external dock and stuck it into a rig running XP and snooped around in the device manager. When i found the correct disk drive and went to volume and hit populate it said the disk was unreadable and had an unknown type/partition.
Im RMAing it via newegg as i type this. hopefully the next one will be in better shape
well i think i solved my problem, apparently i was unaware that windows 7 OEM is locked to motherboards when you install it, and since i had installed it before my new motherboard arrived i had doomed myself from the beginning. maybe its just me but does the fact that MS does that not seem kind of ridiculous to anyone else?
I don't think it would still cause the mentioned issues, you may have to call Microsoft to reactivate your windows, but it should still boot up just fine regardless.
The feature you are mentioning is actually for all the versions both OEM and regular, once windows notices you have changed 'too many' components it requires a re-activation. Which you can do simply by calling them.