Hard Drive Not Detected?

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I am trying to reinstall windows and it is telling me that my "hard drive is not detected" which makes no sense because windows is currently installed on it and I boot the computer from the hard drive that it's installed on all the time. Anyone know what's going on?
 
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Is it a fresh install you're trying to do not an overwrite of the current installation? Is it a SATA or older IDE or PATA drive?
 
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You have not told us any of your hardware so a real good answer is of course impossible, but if you have a sata drive and you are booting to it as you shaoul be to setup, then some older boards require a sata driver for setup you install by hitting f6 when requested early in setup, and putting in a floppy with that driver.
 

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I am trying to overwrite an already existing version of Windows. I went to the device manager, and under Disk drives it said "WDC WD80 0JD-00LUA0 SCSI Disk Device". That was the only thing listed. I know my hard disk drive is a Western Digital and that it is 80gb. So the "WDC" probably stands for Western Digital Corporation or something, and the "WD80" part makes sense since it's 80gigs. How do I find out if it's SATA, IDE, or a PATA? Thank you.
 
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Windows will show SATA drives as SCSI so you probable have a SATA drive. How are you trying to reinstall Windows?
 

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By setting the CD-ROM as the primary boot priority and having the Windows install disc in there. The only options the disc give me are repair, install, and cancel the installation. When I try to install (I haven't uninstalled it yet) it says I have no hard disk drive which is false and I am running the computer and Windows from the HDD as I type this.
 

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I just opened up the case and looked, it is a Serial ATA drive.
 
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