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I'm at a friends house and he has an Asus A7n8x-E motherboard. It has a bad copy of windows on it and I want to install a new one. However, the bios does not detect the Sata hard drive. I have no idea whats wrong, since it boots into windows off that hard drive just fine.

Rigth after bios I am also shown a "Raid Utility" where it shows me the hard drive. It gives me the option to format it but I don't want to format if bios still wont detect it. Whats going on here?
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Only thing I can think of is.. try updating the bios, and if that doesn't work look closer cause you might be in the wrong tab..

Wierd issue.
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dead sata cable?
dead sata port?
cables plugged in?
ummmmm, might have gotten shocked by static...
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dead sata cable?
dead sata port?
cables plugged in?
ummmmm, might have gotten shocked by static...
The hard drive works in windows.
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Huh? The drive needs to be detected in BIOS to work with software. If it's not in the BIOS but in Windows, then you've got a seriously Voodoo'd HDD.
    
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Huh? The drive needs to be detected in BIOS to work with software. If it's not in the BIOS but in Windows, then you've got a seriously Voodoo'd HDD.
Nope.

Take a p233 and throw in a 250gb hdd as secondary. Bios wont find it but windows will.

With regards to how the system is working, its the RAID controller. The RAID controller is set to bootable, and the drive is connected to the RAID controller. Try connecting the drive to other sata ports. If this does not work, then try disabling the RAID controller in the bios, OR set it to native.

If, as I suspect, this is one of the first SATA boards, then its quite likely that the sata controller is secondary to the IDE controller, which would mean that to disable the raid controller disables sata entirely.

Your best bet is to go into bios and select CD boot option, and when prompted to boot off cd, do so. Make sure you only have one hard drive in the system and see if windows setup detects it. If it does, no prob, if it does not, well then you are in a heap of trouble :s
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