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new PC won't read my hard drive


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wemibelec90

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My new computer I just built won't read my stupid hard drive. I try to install XP and when I get to the part where I have to format my hard drive, it says that it can't read one. I think I installed it right (small SATA cable from hard drive to mobo; power cable from power supply to link cable to hard drive) I need some help so I can get it working. It is a Magnetic Data Tech 200 GB SATA hard drive.
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Need to press F6 when prompted with the SATA driver on it.

If you don't have one, find any old floppy and you should be able to boot off the motherboard CD (like you've done with the XP CD) and there's usually an option to make one.
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I really can't figure this out.
What files do I need off of the motherboard disc? Do I really need a floppy disk? Can't I just boot off of the mobo disc?
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You need the floppy disk, consult the mobo manual for the details or the manufacturers website they will tell you exactly what files you need and offer them for download.

Ive never been able to get it work from a CD, unless you want to make a new windows disk with the drivers allready in it, but its much easier to just get the floppy.
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anyone know the names of the files I would need on the disc?
because I can't figure it out through my manufacturer

Edited by wemibelec90, 11 April 2006 - 08:44 PM.

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What motherboard is it.
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PC Chips M861G
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http://www.pcchips.c...tailName=Driver

Bottom of the page that should be the one, stick it on a floppy and try it. The manual also mentions readme files on the CD that you should read for more info i would read the files associated to that driver on the disk if they have them.

Edited by warriorscot, 12 April 2006 - 06:57 AM.

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Have the right files but the floppy drive won't pick them up (know they are right because I called tech support). Please help!
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Does the floppy drive work, how exactly do they not work are they not being picked up in windows install or not working in windows.
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I am trying to access the files when it asks for them but it just acts like there is no disk in the floppy drive. I know the floppy drive works because it is from my mom's computer.
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Is the disk formatted properly, make sure the floppy is detected in bios before you start up the install, and you have it connected to the floppy drive port.
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I finally got it to work. Thanks everyone!
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