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Sata Hard Drive // Driving Me Insane!


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#1 KCabral06

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 12:28 AM

Does this make any sense? ok so i i have a 160 GB IDE hard drive from my old p4 that was working fine, i built my new computer with a gigabyte MOTHERBOARD and the latest AWARD bios to tag along with it... anyway the BIOS recognizes my hard drive but when i install WINDOWS VISTA it searchs for an install driver / location and it comes up with nothing, nothing is detected its like the hard drive doesn't exist.

plugged in, i can hear it spinning and the BIOS actually recognizes it as the 3rd master.

next i went on from there to figure out what the heck was going on. I installed my IDE back as my primary and left the SATA plugged in --in the same SATA slot again. Immediately BIOS picked up both hard drives and when i went to install VISTA on my IDE drive it had NO PROBLEMS recognizing it and i could install vista on the IDE.

later after everything was installed and ready to go i went into the vista screen and went into my computer to see if i would have a C: drive for my IDE and D: drive for my SATA and i sure did. it allows me to save whatever i want to my SATA drive in windows under my computer whenever i want but i can't install windows DIRECTLY onto it because vista doesn't recognize it in the initial setup and i have no idea why.

ANYONE have any bright ideas? thanks.


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Posted 05 December 2007 - 12:42 AM

you need to put the sata drivers on a floppy or slipstream the vista cd with them.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 12:48 AM

i have a GA-P35-DS3L (rev. 2.0) motherboard any ideas on what drivers i should put on floppy / cd considering i dont have a floppy drive. thanks.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:20 AM

If your motherboard supports it you can turn on PATA emulation in the bios and vista will install then. If it does not you will need to download the RAID/SATA drivers from the motherboards website. It should be on your MB cd though. When installing Vista it will ask you for third party Raid/SATA drivers, click the button and install them. Its easiest to use a flopy but you may be able to use a Cd-rom. You can also slipstream the drivers but I cant find the link, and I am on my way to work. Someone will post the tutorial for you.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 08:20 AM

unless you are using raid that mobo and bios should support ide emulation so you don't need to go the F6 and floppy route


Know thy bios, it's the 11th commandment of computing

if one of the sata sets is controlled by the jmicron chip then be sure and use the top ones
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:37 AM

does f6 even work with a new install of VISTA? and there is no IDE Emulation in my bios and its a 2007 award bios version and i feel like its terrible or maybe i just dont understand it < - (most likely)

i'll go through the screens and tell u exactly which way everything is set to.


Stand CMOS Features:


IDE Channel 0 Master : [TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S] - thats an SATA drive and it works just fine
IDE Channel 1 Master : [ None ]
IDE Channel 2 Master : [ None ]
IDE Channel 3 Master : [WDC WD1600AAJS-00PSA] - SATA hard drive that i want to install VISTA on but it wont recognize in the install process of vista.

Advanced BIOS Featuers:

Hard Disk Boot Priority [ Press Enter ] --> 1. Ch3 M. : WDC WD1600AAJS-00PSA0
2. Bootable Add-in Cards
First Boot Device : [CDROM]
Second Boot Device : [Hard Disk]
Third Boot Device : [Floppy]
Password Check : [Setup]
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability : [Disabled]
Limit CPUID Max. to 3 : [Disabled]
No-Executive Memory Protect : [Enabled]
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) : [Enabled]
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) : [Enabled]
CPU EIST Function : [Enabled]
Virtualization Technology : [Enabled]
Full Screen LOGO Show : [Enabled]
Init Display First : [PCI]

Integrated Peripherals

SATA AHCI Mode : [Disabled]
SATA Port0-1 Native Mode : [Disabled]
USB Controller : [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Controller : [Enabled]
USB Keyboard Support : [Enabled]
USB Mouse Support : [Enabled]
Legacy USB storage detect : [Enabled]
Azalia Codec : [Auto]
Smart LAN : [Press Enter]
Onboard IDE Controller : [Disabled]
Onboard Serial Port 1 : [3F8/IRQ4]
Onboard Parallel Port : [378/IRQ7]
Parallel Port Mode : [SPP]

then i have 3 other tabs

PnP / PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T)

Any ideas? Thanks!

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:01 AM

SATA Port0-1 Native Mode : [Disabled]


put the hard drive on 0

optical on 1

set native to enabled and try again???
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 03:59 PM

tried that... still a no go.

doesn't work when vista goes and searches for the drive to load it onto - the hard drive still refuses to appear.

anyone else with any ideas?

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 05:43 PM

your manual plainly states that ahci mode disabled loads the sata hard drive in ide mode

did you load the defaults after flashing the bios?
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 07:13 PM

yea i tried downloadin the manual 400 times but it wouldn't load the pdf and i just gave up...

your right though... i called gigabyte support and he told me to ENABLE AHCI mode and i'll be good to go, all i need is the ACHI drivers on a floppy and i'll be good to go.

i'll update u to see if it works im gonna try.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 08:16 PM

SATA AHCI Mode (Intel ICH9 Southbridge)
Enables or disables AHCI for the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel ICH9 Southbridge.
Disabled Configures the SATA controllers to PATA mode. (Default)
AHCI (Note) Configures the SATA controllers to AHCI mode. Advanced Host Controller
Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to
enable advanced Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing and
hot plug. For more information about AHCI, please visit Intel's website.


SATA Port0-3 Native Mode (Intel ICH9 Southbridge)
Specifies the operating mode of the integrated SATA controllers.
Disabled Allows the SATA controllers to operate in Legacy IDE mode.
In Legacy mode the SATA controllers use dedicated IRQs that cannot be shared
with other device. Set this option to Disabled if you wish to install operating
systems that do not support Native mode, e.g. Windows 9X/ME. (Default)
Enabled Allows the SATA controllers to operate in Native IDE mode.
Enable Native IDE mode if you wish to install operating systems that support
Native mode, e.g. Windows XP/2000.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 01:15 AM

thanks alot, i bet that would help alot of people with the same problem because i've seen it in so many forums. Pays to read the manual! -

i felt like i learned something thanks again chewy-

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 01:41 AM

Please don't assume I understand all this, I just stumble thru it, it took me a couple of weeks of playing with my motherboard bios settings playing with overclocking, trying to balance the force, my system crashed so many times it wasn't funny.

I even had to clear cmos a few times.

When I finally get it all working thru a lot of trial and error I leave it alone.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:03 PM

Ended up being a few things actually.

Since the BIOS actually recognized the the HD and it listed it in the bios that was a sure sign of something. if AHCI is disabled there should be no reason for drivers to be installed if sata is plugged in correct ports, it should pop up in vista install immediately - AHCI is just weird. once u enable that u need to have the correct driver for vista.

ANYWAY to cut to the chase...

regardless if there was a miracle driver that was going to fix my stuff it wouldnt've mattered MY HDD came defective, bad sectors or something.

Even though it reads it correctly doesn't means it works correctly, im usin it as a slave to another HDD i just got and going to try to run some WESTERN DIGITAL diagnostics on it and figure it out...

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:07 PM

Eww Now thats just bad luck :thumbsup:

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