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#1 tobymac987

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:58 AM

Hey guys. I am trying to build a pc right now off a old pc that was given to me. I got everything all setup and here lies my issue. When i boot up to install windows i get to setup and it says no hard drive can be detected. Please install drivers. My problem is how do i install drivers if i cant get to windows. I tried putting the exe files on a jump drive and load them from the setup but setup cant open exe files. I tried buying a new hard drive thinking that might be it. Still nothing. Im guessing i need to flash bios or something since my hard drive isnt even detected in bios. I tried a new sata cable to. Im using a Hp Pavilion a1450n. Thanks so much guys i really want this to work.

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 06:34 AM

What version of Windows are you trying to install? If it's XP, it doesn't have its own drivers for the majority of SATA interface chips, so needs the correct SATA drivers to be available during install, either on a floppy disk, or slipstreamed into the installation CD. The alternative, simpler way is to set in the BIOS for the SATA ports to emulate IDE.

 

If you're not using XP, let us know and we can investigate further.


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#3 tobymac987

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 09:17 AM

I am trying to install windows vista. But at this point i have even tried linux which is the same issue.

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 11:24 AM

I am not sure what version of BIOS you have but as you can see here for version 6 or lower make sure your sata controller is enabled or the hard drive will not be detected in BIOS. Also use the lowest Sata Port number. You replaced the SATA cable. Make sure the power cable it firmly attached to the SATA drive. Try a different SATA power plug from the PSU.



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 08:38 PM

So i am trying to use a usb window right now. If i was to use a blank DVD with all the drivers would i be able to install them. I have never been stumped by a computer but i am seriously so stumped right now and google is just giving me like 100000 wrong answers.

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 09:17 PM

If your hard drive is not detected in BIOS then it will not be solved with a drive disk. Did you see if your SATA controllers are enabled in BIOS. I did not look at the specs of your computer but it's possible you may have to put a jumper on the SATA drive if it's a SATA 3 drive and your SATA ports on the motherboard are SATA 2 or lower. What is the make and model of the hard drive?


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