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Hard drive not recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by guyrelax, Feb 4, 2007.

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  1. guyrelax

    guyrelax Thread Starter

    Feb 4, 2007
    I can't seem to get my SATA drive working after reformatting. I ran disk cleanup and had to wipe my hard drive after I accidentally deleted some system files. Then when I went to reload everything, my computer doesn't see the hard drive. I don't believe there is a problem with the drive, I think I'm just not sure how to set it up properly. I'm using an IDE hard drive now with XP just to have something, but I need to get the sata working. I was able to recognize it on XP (from the ide drive) and recover some files before reformatting. But since I can't recognize the drive

    any help is GREATLY appreciated



    ABIT AV8 Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard -

    SAPPHIRE 1024-TC13-05-SAL Radeon 9250 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card

    CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

    Track 1 NEC DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3540A - OEM

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1.8GHz Socket 939
  2. ceri sheeran

    ceri sheeran

    Aug 15, 2003

    You need to install the SATA drivers during the WIN XP installation from floppy disk or CD.

    Press F6 when asked about installing other drivers and have the disk ready.

    The XP installation will then install the SATA drivers and continues with th einstallation.

    Look on your motherboard manufacturers web site or CD's supplied with motherboard for the drivers.


  3. BlueBelton


    Feb 4, 2007

    I hope I'm not hi-jacking your thread - but I have a very similar problem.

    I have just purchased a Hitachi 250Gb SATA drive, attached the red SATA cable and the power (have tried both types independently). The computer - not Windows - fails to recognise the drive as valid. It knows it has been installed but says "No Disk Serial Raid Bus VT8237 Set up Utility V1.2 - Hardware Initiation Failed. Please Check drive!!. The Bios does not be installed" (Their grammar, not mine).

    (Via Technologies chipset - hence VT)

    Is my problem the same as the initial one here or should I start a new tile? Apologies if I've erred.

    I am running CD and DVD Roms and an existing IDE HDD - but I removed all IDE cables in order to isolate the problem after initial failure and the problem was precisely the same.

    Cheers BB.
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