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I bought Vista Ultimate 64bit OEM from newegg. I was trying to install this on the computer I just built and it will not recognize the hard drive. Is it possible to install an OEM operating system as a clean install? I just put all my parts together with a new hard drive and I put in the disk. I think my problem is my hard drive but I just wanted to make sure.
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yeah OEM is made to be a clean install..

Does your HD show up in your BIOS?
    
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Yes my Samsung HD shows up in the bios in the master slot. But when I get to the screen that says "choose where to install vista" there is no drive. When I click on browse tab, it shows "hard disk c:" but when I click on that it says there were no drivers found. I think it is a problem with the hard drive. If you have any suggestions please let me know. I am a first time builder and don't have any experience working with bios.
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If its a SATA drive you have to install drivers during the Windows installs for the HDD
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If its a SATA drive you have to install drivers during the Windows installs for the HDD
uhh, thats for raid buddy, you dont need to install SATA drivers.

hmm.. do you have an XP CD you could boot from to see if the XP installation will detect it?
    
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Yes my Samsung HD shows up in the bios in the master slot. But when I get to the screen that says "choose where to install vista" there is no drive. When I click on browse tab, it shows "hard disk c:" but when I click on that it says there were no drivers found. I think it is a problem with the hard drive. If you have any suggestions please let me know. I am a first time builder and don't have any experience working with bios.
I've seen people with this issue before, mainly those with very old motherboards. Your HDD should be fine, the problem lies with the fact that Vista doesn't come with the correct drivers for the HDD controller within its driver libraries.

When you first boot from the installation DVD there should be an option to load any necessary drivers before the main installation procedure starts. You're going to have to get the latest HDD controller drivers from Gigabyte's website or the installation CD that came with your motherboard and then stick them onto a USB stick, floppy disc, or CDR.

Other than that, I can't think of any logical explanation, unless you have a spare IDE or SATA HDD you could use to test it.
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that didnt come to mind ^

try that, but i was saying for most motherboards you dont need SATA drivers.. except new ones with new controllers
    
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Thats the problem. I don't have XP. It seems like it is a hard drive/vista compatibility thing as I see the hard drive in BIOS but not while installing vista. I am going to talk with Samsung tech support on Monday to see if my hard drive is compatible with vista. If it isn't I will have to send it back to newegg and get a Western Digital Drive instead.
The HDD I have is:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152085
And the other weird thing is that people who have the 500gb edition of the same drive have it running on Vista Ultimate 64. So I really don't know what the h*** is going on.
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did you read our posts?

you need to optain drivers for your motherboards SATA controller then put em on a floppy or flash drive and go from there
    
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On the gigabyte website I don't see any HDD drivers. This is all I see:
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/M...e=GA-P35C-DS3R
Do you see any other links as this one only has drivers for Audio, Chipset, LAN and RAID, and nothing for HDD?
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