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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.
Its not your HDD that needs drivers, its the HDD Controller, a little chip on your motherboard, that does.

In your case, when you choose the C:/ as the drive you want Vista to be installed on, Vista will attempt to write the installation files to that partition. However, before it can data on a HDD it needs to be forwarded by the HDD Controller. From the sounds of it, Vista doesn't have drivers in its libraries for your HDD Controller as you're trying to install it onto a computer with a motherboard that is based around a very new form of chipset.
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So which driver off the gigabyte website do I need?
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/M...e=GA-P35C-DS3R
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You should just need the Chipset INF to get the installation process to recognize the new HDD Controller.
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So I just downloaded the driver and moved it onto a usb flash drive but when I open it up in the vista installation, it says "no items match your search". Do I need to do something to the driver before I put it on the usb flash drive?
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I'm not 100% sure weather Vista does come with drivers for your motherboards HDD Controller, and a faulty HDD Controller would yeild the same error message. The best thing you can do after trying to load the Chipset INF before picking an installation partition is to try your HDD in another computer, or another HDD in your computer. If your HDD works in another computer, or another HDD doesn't work in yours, then the issue is definately a faulty HDD Controller. That would then mean an RMA of the motherboard would be in order.

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So I just downloaded the driver and moved it onto a usb flash drive but when I open it up in the vista installation, it says "no items match your search". Do I need to do something to the driver before I put it on the usb flash drive?
Ignore whatever messages Windows is telling you and just copy the INF file over to your flash key.
post #16 of 29
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The problem is that I don't have any other computers that use the SATA interface so I can't try that on my hdd. I am just going to have to call up Samsung on Monday to see if they have a fix for the problem.
If there is a problem with the HDD Controller, could I still see the HDD in the BIOS?
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If there is a problem with the HDD Controller, could I still see the HDD in the BIOS?
Of course. If you know anyone who has an old IDE HDD, you could try it in your computer instead of trying your SATA in another computer. I really doubt that your HDD is the problem with the information you've provided so far.
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I also formatted the drive, would I be able to do that without the HDD Controller?
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Also, if I take this into a computer shop, will they be able to tell me the exact problem?
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I also formatted the drive, would I be able to do that without the HDD Controller?
In theory no, but it depends what software the format procedure is running off at that point, be it the installation process or information from the BIOS.

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Also, if I take this into a computer shop, will they be able to tell me the exact problem?
I'd expect they should. To be honest, I can never be 100% sure with faults such as your one, unless I'm able to physically examine the computer myself.
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