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.
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