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Hard drive not recognised by OS

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My friend has built his pc, all components seem to be working except his sata hard drive, which XP does not recgnise upon putting in a disc, after a process of checking RAM etc he is still non the wiser, just wonder what he could do to make the hard drive recognised or see if there are problems?
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I take it he is trying to install Windows, if so then he needs to do 1 of 2 things.
Easy option, go into the BIOS and look for the settings for the SATA or RAID controller, dissable RAID and set the SATA interface to Native IDE, Windows XP and Vista will now recognise his drive.
Second option, he will need to have a floppy disc drive connected even if only as a temporary measure, then get someone who has a working PC to load his driver disc and look for the utility to make a SATA/RAID driver disc, then when starting the Windows installation press F6 to install extra drivers, then follow the prompts. :)


Edited by illogical, 25 November 2008 - 02:18 PM.

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