OK, I have noticed a trend with people building their first computers, such as myself, having problems getting thier OS installed on their HDD. I have found several articles concerning this, but none help me with my PARTICULAR problem. I finally finished assembling my new pc, and after some tinkering got everyhting working. It boots to BIOS fine, recognizes my IDE CDRW drive, and when i enter CMOS, it doesnt recognize my HDD. I am using a Gigabyte NF4 GA-K8NXP-SLI mobo and the HDD is a brand new WD GenII Caviar 250GB 7200RPM drive(Model number is WD-2500KS. 16mb cache, the wroks. I originally had it installed in the SATA 133 port, and after the initial boot screen, it went to a black screen to detect raid utilities. The important part said "WD 237GB......." Then the line under that said "No usable devices detected!" or something very close to that. This seemed very strange to me, seeing how it said no device detected, then it said the HDD specs right above it. So when i enter my bios, got to Cmos, it recognizes my sony CDRW as being the slave on IDE channel 0, odd, as i have no other device plugged in. So, on my first try, after my OEM copy of Windows XP Professional Edition SP2 arrived, i tied to boot from my CD, nothing happens, As i have never dealt with Installing windows on a new comp before, i searched on the web a little and fixed this. So on the first successful boot from the windows CD, after it loads the files, and i get to the setup, I get the famous "No Hard Disk Detected, please resart by pressing F3" error. So i go about looking on the internet again. I come across a sight somewhere that said that this person had to install some drivers for SATA by pressing F6. I then look for drivers to download, because no drivers came with my MOBO, and Gigabyte doesnt have any SATA drivers to download for that MOBO, which led me to believe, as it s a fairly new model, that they came pre-installed. I then go to Western Digital's site. After spending some time there, I realized that the DataLifegaurd11 Dos mode download was designed just for this. I downloaded it, put it on a floppy, booted from it, and went through the tutorial. I got to the point where it gave me some options, When i clicked configure Hard drive, It didnt have any drives recognized! I restarted and went to CMOS, my drive didnt show up. Some sites said that SATA might not show up on CMOS, so i wasn't alarmed. I switched it over to SataII, Which still didnt allow it to show up in CMOS, went through the Data Lifeguard diagnostic, and it still didnt recognize it. I basically ran out of options that i myself can think of.
Here's a list of what i know
1.Everything has power including the HDD
2.The Data cable is installed properly on the HDD and mobo
3.Don't need to worry about jumper settings because it is SATA
4.My system semi-recognized it at one time
That reminds me, that once i switched it to SATAII, I didnt get any info on it from the black raid screen that showed it earlier.
I have run out of ideas, and am in search of help, and i believe that I have provided ANY and ALL information i can concerning this, and am in search of some help. I am open to anything, and will reply back to any response as soon as i can. Thanks in advance!