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I'm throwing together a computer with some spare parts I had laying around. I installed everything and the BIOS was looking good; everything is set just right and all devices are accounted for.

When the windows 7 installation starts it can't find the hardrive. I'm prepared to get a new drive after work today but don't want to spend the money if I don't have to.

The SATA optical drive works perfectly on the same SATA ports. Everything else checks out. I just don't know if this is a disk problem or a windows problem.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 8
Hello.

You may need to mount the drive using the Hardware Manager.

Look Here, and scroll down to the appropriate section, "Preparing to use a new hard disk".
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post #3 of 8
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I'm trying to install windows onto this drive. There is no current operating system on this machine. Are you suggesting That I have to put the drive in a different computer and format it before I can use it?
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post #4 of 8
Sounds to me like some more testing is in order. My first recommendation is pop in a linux live disk and see if it can be mounted. If it can, you're good to go.

All you gotta do in that case is load up the sata controller driver in win7 and go from there.

Things it can be: sata controller, HDD, etc. Try loading various drivers at win7 boot up. If you had an external case sleeve I'd say plug it in and reformat it to ntfs on a working system...
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post #5 of 8
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Well I thought it might be the SATA controller too but the SATA optical drive works fine. Does that not rule out the SATA controller?
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post #6 of 8
What motherboard and SATA controller are you using?
post #7 of 8
Had the drive been formatted for Linux previously by any chance?
I don't think Windows will recognise the drive if it ext2 or something, instead of FAT or NTFS.

Burn a CD of Parted Magic, and boot to the Parted Magic disk, you can find out more info about the drive and format to NTFS from there.
Edited by Tekgun - 1/5/11 at 8:06am
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post #8 of 8
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So I sprung for a new HDD on the way home and all is well. Thanks for the help.
Edited by DBEAU - 1/5/11 at 3:00pm
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