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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheCamster, Jan 5, 2013.

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  1. TheCamster

    TheCamster Thread Starter

    Jan 5, 2013
    I'm struggling with a problem with a new build that I volunteered to do for a friend recently. I got everything put together fine but then when I went to install windows no hard drive appears. I've tested different sata cables and ports and the problem doesn't lie there, I can also see the HDD in the bios but when windows goes looking for the HDD it won't find it. This seems to commonly be a driver issue so I looked into that also, downloaded and installed the "Intel desktop/workstation/server express chip set sata ahci controller but that didn't help either. To test the drive itself I put it in a different PC and formatted, assigned a drive letter to it and everything works fine.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    The mobo is a gigabyte h61ma-dv2 and the HDD is a WD Green 500gb drive
  2. dai


    Mar 6, 2003
    set sata to be seen as ide in the bios
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    What operating system are you trying to install? What OS did you use to format it? Vista and above should be partitioned and formatted on machines with Vista or above since partition structure changed. In any case, there should be no need to use another machine since setup will prepare the drive (once it sees it).

    (The drive letter is gone from the drive as soon as you turn off the machine it is attached to. So it will not necessarily be the same drive letter on the problem machine.)
  4. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Go to the support page for that board and download the pre-install driver. Depending on what os you are installing, you can put this driver on a flash drive or if using xp, it must go on a floppy. Here is the support page for your board;


    Note you can also do what dai posted and set the sata mode to ide or sometimes it is called legacy mode. This will insure that setup finds the drive.
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