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New system, hard disk problem... please help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jsalbright, Apr 18, 2008.

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  1. jsalbright

    jsalbright Thread Starter

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    So TSG masters,

    I am currently building a computer as a birthday gift for my father. The hardware configuration is as follows (non-critical info has been omitted).

    FoxConn 945P7AA Motherboard (SATA support, no NCQ support)
    Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA I Hard Disk (connected via SATA)
    Pioneer DVD-R/W Drive IDE (connected via IDE PATA ribbon)

    I am trying to get an operating system installed. I've gone through all the settings in BIOS/CMOS setup that I'm familiar with, but I must admit I'm not an expert.

    The initial BIOS sees the drive and identifies it as expected. Later in the boot sequence, though, the IDE idenfitication process takes place, and it does NOT see the hard disk. I can boot to the DVD drive, start Windows installation, but Windows cannot find a hard disk. I fear that this has something to do with using both PATA and SATA devices, but I've got the BIOS configured for Combined mode.

    I've checked every setting I'm familiar with, and even played with a few that I'm not familiar with, to no avail. I cannot seem to get this problem sorted out.

    Please please help me; this is a gift for my father and I'm trying to get it completely built and ready by his birthday.

    Cheers,
    jsalbright
     
  2. steven1350

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    if you are installing windows xp, it does NOT detect SATA by default. There is a workaround by using a floppy disk somehow......
     
  3. jsalbright

    jsalbright Thread Starter

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    I know it's not that, because last night I was trying to configure the BIOS properly, and attempted to install Windows XP. It saw the hard disk, but I didn't continue the installation because that was just a test and I was obtaining my intended OS today.

    Today I come to try and install Windows Vista, and I am unable to find the disk. No idea what changed. I'm totally confused.

    Please help!
     
  4. jsalbright

    jsalbright Thread Starter

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    Can anyone help me with this?
     
  5. bigbear

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    Go into bios and make sure sata is enabled
     
  6. jsalbright

    jsalbright Thread Starter

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    I have already done this, of course. As I said above, I've enabled Enhanced Mode in BIOS to allow for PATA and SATA support.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    OK, if you set sata mode to native ide or standard ide, windows usually will "See" the drive. If you set the sata mode to any other mode; ie ahci or raid, it will NOT see the drive and you would need to load the appropriate driver when prompted via the F6 key.

    Check the foxconn site for any necessary drivers. Sometimes these are labeled as F6 driver.
     
  8. crjdriver

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    I just checked the specs on that board and it seems that the ide supports raid as well as the sata. You need to make sure the ide is set to standard mode AND you set the correct mode for the sata as well.

    In addition there is a driver download at the foxconn site labeled onboard pide/sata driver. If you download this and unzip the file, it has one part labeled "Make disk" this is for loading your driver during setup.
     
  9. jsalbright

    jsalbright Thread Starter

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    CRJDriver,

    Thank you very much for your assistance. I have been able to use your recommendations and got the machine working.

    It was, in fact, missing drivers; not configuration.

    The machine is running Vista Ultimate 64bit like a champ now; thanks for your help.
     
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