Hareware list can be found here. http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.579810 I thought going with a "tested"? combo would be better then picking parts on my own, but I guess not.
I actually returned the first hard drive because windows 7, XP, 2000 etc all failed and came up with errors trying to format the drive. Without doing too much research, other then the Barracuda's have a high failure rate, I figured I just got a bad drive. After getting a 2nd one and having the exact same problem, I almost pulled my hair out. After digging farther, I tried gparted live bootup disk. When I format the drive to ntfs and I get a succesfull finished message and then I try and install Win7 I get a blue screen and a message to run fdisk. I actually went to best buy to buy a different brand hard drive. Exact same thing.
Sata configuration is set to IDE, NOT RAID. The mobo DVD does not have any sata drivers (that I can find) and I can't find any online. From what I'm reading, sata IDE or the HDs don't need drivers. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this. Please note* I am not trying to set up any raid as almost all my google searches return the fix as loaded raid drivers.
I have moved the sata cable and tried other ports. I've removed all hardware, and even disabled the onboard nic, and tried to make it as bare bones as possible, and only ran one memory stick. All the tricks and tips I've searched are not working for me.
Any other ideals? What am I missing?