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Windows 8 USB install not recognizing HD after Driver install

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February 21, 2013 5:02:53 PM

I've had a lot of issues trying to install Windows 8 recently on an old HD. It was a 320gb Western Digital Caviar SATA3 16MB Cache HD, I thought maybe the HD was really old. Then I bought a brand new 1TB SATA6 32MB Cache HD.

During the install of both and providing the correct 64 Bit Windows 8 Driver for it where it is normally supposed to detect it after the install, it still does not and I'm unable to choose a HD. It will recognize it in the BIOS but still nothing comes up. Well I read somewhere that if I switched it to IDE it wouldn't need a driver. So I restarted and changed it to IDE and sure enough, there was my 1TB HD and I could finally choose to install Windows 8. Well I also read that IDE is a bit slower than AHCI and to change from IDE to AHCI isn't necessarily going to be a smooth transition either, with my luck recently I'd prefer to try and install this correctly with AHCI. During my install my PC shut down, turns out the PSU is gone bad too(The entire PC shuts down during windows install, if I have too many front USB plugs turned in, the PC won't turn on at all, the PSU is 6 years old). So I have to purchase a brand new PSU.

Help is very much appreciated, thank you ahead of time.

Specs

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (That I purchase tomorrow)

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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