Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:43 AM
Hi I am building a computer fort the first time and I am having trouble getting Windows 7 to recognize my hard drive. My har drive and mother board are as follows:
Hard drive-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive,
Mother Board-GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
So when I go to install windows 7 I eventually get to a screen where it ask for an install location, unfortunately it doesnít seem to recognize my hard drive. It gives me an option of installing driver so I went to the gigabyte website and downloaded the drivers that it said I required. I believe there was an ACHI driver and a Raid driver. After I stalled both of these drivers the hard drive still was not detected. One strange thing I noticed was that when I browse for a driver my hard drive is listed as a place I can search. I then proceeded to the Bios to try and match the drivers.
The hard drive is detected in the Bio. When the HD is set to IDE my BluRay play is able to read the windows install disc. But windows wonít recognize my HD. If I set it to ACHI or Raid I canít seem to get the windows CD to load. Do I need an IDE driver?
Out of frustration I tried installing a windows XP to see if it would be able to recognize my hard drive. It seemed to load on the hard drive fine but entered this weird loop where windows would install itself but wouldnít actually load as the operating system. In other words when I try to restart my computer and run the OS off of my hard drive it gave me an error message. Something like (windows OS could not be located) When I went to go install windows 7 again my hard drive still was not detected as a place to intall windows but when I search the hard drive (as if I was searching for a driver) I can see the Windows files that were loaded from when I tried to install XP.
Iím not really sure what to do at this point. I canít seem to find the right drivers for my computer and I also canít seem to change the setting of my HD to Raid or ACHI. Can someone please help me?