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juice8j

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I'm building my first computer. I have a SATA connected hard drive and I'm having problems installing vista ultimate, as it will not recognize my hard drive.

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If I go to "Load Drivers" from this screen and go to browse, C:\ is an option. However if I select it, it says it is not formatted and gives me the option to format it. If I click format, I get an error message.

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Is this just a problem in the BIOS, or do I need a driver, or what?

Thank you for any help.

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- GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
- AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor
- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power
- OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
- GIGABYTE GV-R487D5-1GD Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
- PLEXTOR 20X DVD Super Multi Qflix Drive Black SATA Model PX-806SA SW
- NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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Neil Jones

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Two possible options here:

The driver it wants will probably be on the driver disk that came with the board. You can feed it this and then pop the Vista disk back in when it asks for it after the files are copied. The nice thing about Vista is you don't need to feed it a driver off a floppy any more, it can be anywhere.

Alternatively go into the BIOS and convert any options for RAID or AHCI to Legacy or IDE. Then Vista will see it and you don't need a driver.
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Turns out the brand new HDD was bad. It would show up in the BIOS but not to vista. wierd. So I plugged in a WD 1TB HDD and it worked great. Sending Seagate HDD back. Thanks.
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Glad to see you got it figured out. Thanks for letting us know.
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