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Putting together a rig using some spare parts I had laying about for my sis and her husband as their pc was getting painfully slow. Find my old asus m4a78 and some old am2 duel core coupled with a spinpoint f3 I picked up cheap and a 9800gt I had knocking about, whack it all together boots up begins the windows install thing so far so good.

Then "! no drives were found. click load driver to provide a mass storage driver for instalation." no big deal I think I have the drivers so i just install them (even going so far as to get the new win7 ones rather than just roll with vista 64bit ones), still nadda still no valid hard drive for the install.

so I go to try again and listed under the options when I go to browse for drivers is the freaking hard drive I want to install from and I can read it perfectly....what the hell is going on if it can see and use the damn hdd why wont it let me install to it?

Tried all sorts in the bios no option for pretend ide though which sucks (even after flashing to the latest 2301 bios), about ready to just go nuts been going in circles here for hours now and the only advice I can find on the net is install the drivers which I've already done about a million times.

Its definitely not the hdd its dong the same thing with another Seagate drive which I know works. Thing thats annoying me the most is im pretty certain I had this mobo working with 7 rc.
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ummm could be the controler is dead??? try diffrent sata plugs and cables
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ummm could be the controler is dead??? try diffrent sata plugs and cables
done no joy >< stupidest thing is that I can see the damn hard drive I can browse the file structure on it I just cant install to it ><
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First off, what motherboard and what controller is it using?

Second, did you try wiping the drive first then trying to install to it? I've had to do that at times to get Win 7 to install, especially with older hardware.

Third, unless it is some really off beat controller Win 7 should not be asking for sata or ide drivers. When it does that it normally means that the install DVD is scratched, smudged, or otherwise damaged, the ISO image that the install DVD was burned from was corrupted, the disk didn't burn properly, the DVD drive is dirty or malfunctioning, or someone is using a cracked or wares ISO of Win 7.
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mobo as mentioned is an asus m4a78 bog standard common as muck controller i would have thought, but installed the drivers from the asus website anyway,

It does the same thing with both a brand new empty f3 and the older seagate which wasn't wiped clean.

does it with both 2 seperate dvd drives, and does it on the 32bit and 64 bit disks on both the 7pro I bought for this specifically and the ulti I have my own rig.

All legit Microsoft dvds. : /

In the end for now I have given up dug out an old old old die hard drive and installed on that, far from ideal but meh fed up entirely with this damn thing ><
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post #6 of 6
Sorry, I missed you mentioning the mobo. If you can get it installed on another drive then use CloneZilla to clone that to the newer drive you want to use. Assuming, of course, that you do want to use one of the other drives.

I know I fought an old NF3 Socket 939 board for a couple of weeks trying to get Win 7 to install. XP installed without a hitch, but not Win 7. It drove me nuts trying to get everything to work together. I finally talked the person into sticking with XP.
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