PC not detecting any hard drives

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I turned on my computer recently and as I watch the normal bootup I see that my hard drive was not listed there. As it would not boot I started trying the cables and switching them with new ones to see if that was a problem but it was not. I tried switching slots on my motherboard with my SATA DVD/DVD DL Burner and the same result, it would detect the DVD drive but not my hard drive. I figured my hard drive probably died since it had been having trouble anyways so I went to the store and bought a new drive. I plugged this back in and made sure all the connections were the same as before then turned it on to install Windows XP. As it booted up again I noticed that it did detect the DVD drive as before but not my 500 GB Hard Drive. I tried switching SATA cables, SATA power cables, with no result. I thought maybe it was a dud so I exchanged that for another hard drive at the store. I took this one home only to find the same thing happening. The DVD drive being detected in both of my SATA ports but not the hard drive.

I switched to using an older PATA DVD drive to see if for some reason this might be a problem and it detected it....but no hard drive.

Is there anything I could be doing wrong that it wouldn't detect this? I would rather not go buy a new motherboard if this isn't the problem since this is a fairly nice one so I figured I'd give your site a go.
 
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What is the make and model of your mobo? It could be the motherboard, since you are experiencing the same issue with Sata and IDE. Have you tried clearing CMOS?
 

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I will try clearing the CMOS and will get you the make of the motherboard right now. thanks for helping me out
 

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OK I loaded fail-safe options on the CMOS and that did not work.

I have a GIGABYTE GA-M61PME-SP2 motherboard
 

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Now that I look at the title I'm sorry I made it slightly misleading. I meant It would not detect any SATA hard drives. I haven't tried pata because i threw those in the trash a long time ago.
 
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XP is too old to install to SATA drives without some tweaking. It will not detect them since they are newer than XP.

Installing XP on a SATA drive
Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy
Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation


"Many newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the BIOS and check the 'Sata Operation' setting, change it to 'Raid Autodetect/ATA' if it is not already. Now try to install XP (Verbiage will vary by manufacturer)" - Courtesy of simpswr.

BIOS settings to try:
you can change the controller settings in the BIOS.

Restart the computer and enter the BIOS.
The location and type of setting will vary with the make and model of the motherboard.
Here are some:

MAIN menu
SATA Mode
Select IDE Mode instead of AHCI Mode

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ADAVANCED or ADVANCED (BIOS) SETTINGS menu
SATA Drive Configuration
Select Compatibility (Mode) instead of AHCI (Mode)

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(BIOS) ADVANCED menu
SATA
Disable Auto
Enable Combination

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Set to PATA mode

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INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS menu
IDE Function Setup
OnChip IDE => Disabled
SATA DMA transfer => Enabled

INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS menu
Onboard Device
SATA => Disabled

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Thanks for your post. I will try the install w/o a floppy since I don't have one.
 

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Ok Sorry I haven't been able to reply with the results but I've been very busy with my work and wasn't able to get to the library.

I used a friends pc and tried to download the drivers for my motherboard which is a - gigabyte m61pme-s2p - at http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3262&dl=1#dl for the SATA RAID/AHCI drivers but when I tried to attach them to the CD the program Nlite could not detect them because I suppose they are in a different format. I have never done this before so I'm at your mercy at what happens here because I have no clue. thanks for all your help.
 
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