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I have a new sata western digital 250 gig hard drive 3.0. I know i need to put drivers on the hd in order for windows or the motherboard to recognize it but i dont know how to go about that. I just made a boot able disk and windows vista did not see it. I do not have vista installed yet because my computer does not see my hard drive. How do i get my motherboard and vista to see my hard drive?
 

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Vista already has SATA driver. You motherboard should automatically detect it since mobos don't use drivers to detect attached components. Check that SATA ports are enabled in BIOS. Or... just clear the CMOS.
 

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I have a new sata western digital 250 gig hard drive 3.0. I know i need to put drivers on the hd in order for windows or the motherboard to recognize it but i dont know how to go about that. I just made a boot able disk and windows vista did not see it. I do not have vista installed yet because my computer does not see my hard drive. How do i get my motherboard and vista to see my hard drive?
Double check the SATA connections; the cable that ships with the P5B is notorious for pulling off the drive with the slightest touch.

But to echo duckieho ... all you should have to do is plug your SATA cable into the hard drive and then the motherboard.

Then boot from your XP install CD ROM. During the XP installation, you will be given the opportunity to create a partition and format it ...

good luck and post your progress ...
 

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i dont have xp install, only vista x 64
Same process:

Doubled check that your SATA cables are snuggly attached.
Double check that the drive's power cable is attached.

Then boot from your XP install disc (be it 64bit or not), and the installation process, at some point, should see the drive and allow you to configure it.
 

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Same thing for Vista. Install the SATA drive. Start up the computer, enter BIOS and adjust your boot priority to whatever drive the Vista CD/DVD is in to boot first. Save changes, boot to Vista CD/DVD when prompted. No SATA/RAID driver disk needed.

same thing as the above dude said too... we posted at the same time.
 

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when i go into my bios, there are sata 1-6 and my sata drive is connected to sata 1. It says not detected. My sata drive has nothing on it what so ever. Is there something in my bois i need to change? Or something i need to download?
 

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I just unplugged and plugged all the cables from the sata drive out and back in. All the cables are fine. My motherboard for some reason is not seeing the had drive.
 

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I looked in the bios, and i dont see anything that says enable sata ports, but everything on the ports says enable, and ready. If there is one single area i need to go and turn sata ports on or off, please tell me where that would be?
 

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Try a different data cable.
 

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double check the jumper on the HDD dude. i had the same problem with my drive when i got it. u may even have to take the jumper off.......it tells you on the sticker, if im right in thinking...
 

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there is nothing on the jumpers on the drive. The jumpers are empty. I have changed the connectors twice. I still see not detected when i boot up bios
 

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Thank you for the help guys. I don't know exactly what the problem was, but i guess it is fixed now? lol
 

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If you have a friend with a Sata compatible Mobo, try it on theres. There is always a chance that the HD is just broken. Also, if you havn't already, try Sata 2-6. I had a problem with my Sata drive when I first got it, and it turned out that the hard drive itself was broken. Exchanged it, and it was detected right away, so all I can say is do some mediocre trouble shooting. Good luck.
 
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