Posted 04 July 2011 - 10:01 PM
I just bought a new HDD to replace one that my mother in law broke on her machine. She has her Vista disc and product key so I put in the new HDD, a 500GB SATA Western Digital drive, into her HP Pavilian s3700y machine.
I boot to the disc, it loads, I accept the agreement, then it shows the HDD which nothing on it. Maybe I am just confused on this part, but I need to create at least one partition, yes? It doesn't seem to matter what I do though, I always get this error message. Looking around online, some said disabling AHCI fixes it, others said arranging the order of the drives in BIOS fixes it. But I do not think this PC has anything regarding AHCI in the BIOS and the drive is always the first listed.
It asks for drivers during installation. I found drivers on nVidia's website for this chipset and downloaded them to a thumb drive. I just booted up, got to the error part, and tried uploading both the SATA_IDE and the SATARAID drivers but each partition on the list still says unable to install. I just want to install this **** onto a new and clean HDD. Any help? Thanks.