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Windows 7: Installation won't detect my PCI adapter for IDE & SATA drives

13 Apr 2012   #11
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Keep in mind that you can't upgrade from XP to windows 7. Not in the traditional way anyway. It will still end up being a custom/clean install when finished. I tried to find a tutorial on installing the IDE or SATA driver during install but haven't so far. Here are a couple to look at anyway.

Upgrade Install - XP to Windows 7
Clean Install Windows 7 from the Windows XP Desktop
Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions

Found It!!! SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup


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13 Apr 2012   #12
tylergard702

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Ah, I thought you could upgrade from XP to 7, that makes things more complicated. I have already tried loading drivers in the installation but the hard drive doesn't show up still I have tried about 3 different downloads for drivers but they all appear to be the same .zip file and therefore the same drivers. I attempted every driver in every folder for every download but it has not worked. I am downloading another to try now, but it also seems it may be the same drivers .
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13 Apr 2012   #13
tylergard702

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Just got the drivers, but they are the same as before and will not work.
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13 Apr 2012   #14
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Is the Windows 7 you are trying to install 32 bit or 64 bit. If its 64 bit that may be why the drivers won't install. The drivers may be 32 bit drivers. You un-zipped the zip file right? < I had to ask just to make sure So what happens when you try to LOAD the driver during the install? There are adapters that will convert an IDE drive to a SATA. And as far as I know they don't require a driver, they just use the built in Windows SATA driver.
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15 Apr 2012   #15
tylergard702

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

My apologies for not replying, I have been away from home for a couple of days (attending a cousin's wedding),
I have tried both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, and even 32-bit XP. In the .zip file there are a number of folders for Windows Server, XP, Vista and 7 with 32-bit and 64-bit versions for each OS. however the drivers appear to be fake or just terribly made as none of them work with their corresponding OS.
I think that my only option now is buying a SATA hard drive that can go straight into the motherboard (no third party drivers needed (fingers crossed)). I was planning to buy one anyway as IDE is very slow and holding my computer back from it's full potential, it's just annoying as It may be 2-5 months before I can buy a decent one.

Thank you to every one who has made suggestions and attempted to help
I am still open to any suggestions if people are willing to make them, but at the end of the day this hard drive is outdated and I need a new one.

Thanks again
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15 Apr 2012   #16
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Maybe your PCI controller card got damaged somehow? Was it kept in an anti static bag?
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