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freezefox328

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I have done this several times before, however I ran into a problem this time. Vista worked fine all day, I just needed to reformat so I put in the disc and went through the process until I got to the part where I need to select what disk I want to install to. The problem is, is that there is no disk to select from. The screen is balnk and upon asking it to find a disk it says it can't find any. Just wanted to know if anyone had any ideas as to what to do. Thanks!
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Most likely the hard drive is a 'SATA' type (all new PCs are now fitted with SATA drives - new standard came in a 3 or 4 years ago). Windows Vista & XP cannot recognise these drives by default until the SATA drivers have been loaded (usually from a floppy-disk or usb stick). Vista setup provides for this to be done in the "Where do you want install Windows?" dialogue-box (where no drive is shown in your case). There should be a "Load Driver" option bottom left.

See this graphical walkthrough: http://vistahomeprem...whddnotseen.htm

The driver itself should have been provided with the PC on separate media.

Edited by phillip22, 15 November 2008 - 11:17 AM.

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