I built a PC around a Gigabyte GA-A55M-S2V motherboard. The first time the windows install told me that my hard drive would fail. I replaced it with a new 750gig Hitachi (SATA).
I installed Windows 7 and it worked fine. I then installed all the drivers on the disk provided with the motherboard.
The my PC switched off when it had finished installing them all.
When I switched it on again it said there was no HD in it!
After swapping everything around internally I eventually got it recognised again when I swapped it with the DVD drive (port 0 to port 1)
I then formatted it and started again.
Once again, upon installing the drivers the PC shut down and will now not recognise the HD drive. The HD light does not turn on at all and I can't even see drive C in a DOS window.
I guess the thing to do is to not install the drivers next time but I can't get it to see the HD at all the re-install windows....
Well first it's rarely a good idea to install the drivers that came with the mobo, they are usually out of date. Install the newest drivers from the mfg's website instead. Check that you have the latest bios available.
Reset your cmos.
Make sure your HDD is set to AHCI mode, not ide in bios.(no raid either)
Try those first.