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Have you tried repairing the windows installation, maybe even just a startup repair? Could be something unrelated to the hardware.
I am trying to do that right now but the windows installation doesn't see any hard drives! bios see's my raid and my 2xstorage drives. please help me!

i tried downloading the sata drivers from gigabytes website and put it onto a usb key but the installer didn't recognize it...
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I am trying to do that right now but the windows installation doesn't see any hard drives! bios see's my raid and my 2xstorage drives. please help me!

i tried downloading the sata drivers from gigabytes website and put it onto a usb key but the installer didn't recognize it...
You're using Win7 like your sig says, yes?

Have you double-checked your sata-mode? Quite often the sata mode will be reset in a BIOS update. Options usually are: AHCI, IDE and RAID. It should usually be set to either AHCI or IDE.
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Ok, so I was very very frustrated and in a terrible mood last night... as you can see, my grammar/spelling was way off. If you want to skip right to the problem, go to #4

Anyways, so here's what happened yesterday...
1) Called Gigabyte support and the lady helped me setup the bios properly. I had originally set SATA Ports 4/5 to SATA because... well, I have SATA ports, so why not?!
1.1) She said it should be IDE. Great, I screwed that up. She also told me that I had to change the order of my drives that were in RAID. Because in the BIOS it was set like this:
Channel 0 M - 320gb
Channel 0 S - 2tb
Channel 1 M - 320gb
Channel 1S - 2tb

So she had me group the 320's together in the list (not changing the M/S).
2) I attempted to reboot and the system would load Windows for longer, but it seemed right before it should have normally went into the login screen that it just blue screened and restarted. Keep in mind, I never saw Windows Desktop or Login screen, just the Starting Windows Prompt.

3) I asked the lady what I should do since it still didnt work and she suggested that my raid my be corrupted and that I should attempt to repair windows. Crap, okay, but at least I didn't have anything super crazy important on my C:\\
3.1) I hang up w/ her and pop in my Win 7 DVD

4) After a long freaking wait to get the installer to finally start up, I attempt to install and I get to the screen where it asks which hard drive I want to format/install. I see NOTHING!

4.1) Frustrated, I reboot and try to do some other option in the Windows Installer, like a repair my startup, but nothing is working. I'm getting an error of some sort. This DVD DOES work because that's how I installed Win7 the first time...

4.2) Growing more upset, I go back to the hard drive select prompt (after a long freaking wait again) and try to load drivers off the Win7 dvd and my mobo cd... NOTHING. Now, I just selected the dvd drives themselves and had Win7 search for drivers, but it kept saying it couldn't find any "Signed Drivers" on those discs... Even more frustrated, I go to Gigabyte's website and download the proper AMD SATA drivers (because I'm not using an AMD raid) onto a USB key and try loading drivers off that... Win7 installer gives me the same message, no "Signed drivers."

4.3) I reluctantly call Microsoft for support... BIGGEST WASTE OF MY TIME... I spent a little over two hours on the phone and got hung up on two or three times (that or my VZW lost service, but I had a solid 3-4 bars (out of 5). They asked me for my MSDN account, which I no longer have because I got it from ACM and I deactivated my membership... because I was no longer a member, they were basically like FU, we can't verify... and they were Philippines support; morons... I can say that because I'm half Filipino. I'm no freaking moron, but the people working there were.

5) Microsoft CS got me NO WHERE. I needed to vent, I tried calling VZW, that got me NO WHERE because I was on hold for mad long.

6) I gave up and went to bed... PLEASE HELP ME. I'm BEGGING YOU!
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post #14 of 27
Follow this
I had the same issue and this fixed it for me (step 8 is what finally did it).
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post #15 of 27
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Hm.. I will try that when I get home. But what I don't understand is, shouldn't it show my storage drives as well?? I have 3 HD's that should be listed (4 physical drives).
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I have no idea. One thing at a time.
Get the OS installed and booted up, then you may be able to get the other drives recognized in Windows.
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Will do... I hope that works when I get home. So frustrating, especially since I just got my WC installed!!!!
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Good luck, let us know what happens.
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Ok... so I deleted my array in the bios, recreated it... that didnt do the trick, so i hit shift F10 and followed instructions... but when I typed "list disk" it syas, "There are no fixed disks to show." I'm at another road block. I'm thinking Windows 7 needs drivers at this point... but I tried this and it didnt recognize the drivers as being signed!

Advice/ideas?
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This is more detailed of what I did yesterday:
-I do have it in ports 0 & 1.
-I disconnected the storage drives.
-I had the BIOS on its default settings aside from the HD priority and actual RAID setting. Not sure what i had the onboard raid controller set to.
-I went into Ctrl+F and deleted my array and set it up again
-Tried booting Win7 from a diff. dvd disk (one that I have also successfully installed Win7 on)
SAME ISSUE!

-Reflashed BIOS to F5 (original BIOS that came w/ the board)
-Tried loading Win7 again
SAME ISSUE
-Tried hitting Shift+F10 to open command prompt to manually format and partition the hard drive
Same issue w/ the no disks found
-Tried setting the onboard controller to RAID
-Restarted, loaded Win7... again
SAME ISSUE

Pissed off, I turned off my computer and gave up. Intuitively, I would assume this is a missing driver issue; however, I downloaded the AMD SATA Controller driver off Gigabytes website, and win7 was saying it wasn't a signed driver. My next idea is that my BIOS got corrupted when changing BIOS revisions (as I've gone from F5 -> F7C -> F6 -> F5 -> F6 -> F5) That's a lot of flashing... Though, I think it got screwed up on one of the earlier flashes and never recovered.

Also, I have already installed win7 with these hard drives and RAID before. Nothing has changed (of my main components). This should all work just like it did the first time I assembled it. Is it possible that I connected anything incorrectly (other than the SATA ports because these HDs are the only SATA connections I have in right now-- ports 0+1)?

I'm close to returning this board...
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