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Hard Drive Wont Work

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by edgar818, Aug 3, 2006.

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  1. edgar818

    edgar818 Thread Starter

    May 9, 2005
    I just purchased a western digital 160gb SATA 2 hard drive but my motherboard only has sata 1. So i hook everything on when i get to the formating screen where i pick what drive to install it on it says no hard disk detected. What can it be from?
  2. Michael_C


    Aug 3, 2006
    Most Sata boards require an external driver not on the windows disk to be detected during a windows installation. This is because SATA ports are integrated into the raid controllers on motherboards. The motherboard drivers CD should have raid drivers. you need to make a floppy disk with the drivers. and an OEMtext file. most comapnies offer an executable file that will put those files to a disk for you. No, you cannot run teh drivers from a CD. it must be from a floppy.
  3. norton850


    Mar 8, 2004
    Are you planning to use the SATA as your boot drive? If you aren't then you can load the drivers from Windows. You would also need SP1 for XP. To go back a step does BIOS see the drive?
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