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Windows 7: Windows 7 is not seeing my harddrive

14 Apr 2012   #11
imaderp

windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I just looked here. I want to be sure I understand. When bios is set to AHCI mode, diskpart cannot see the drive? is that right. It should. The installation DVD has AHCI drivers on it. It can install them itself. Also, try to hook the hard drive up to disk 0 (1 on some boards). Also, I have never had one, but I understand that some brands of CD/DVD drives have trouble with ahci mode.
the problem is that when set to AHCI mode nothing is showing up.
the installation disk has a AHCI driver just impossible to get the disk to boot when it cant see the optical drive.


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14 Apr 2012   #12
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I honestly have never heard of that happening. But, you can install in IDE mode and then change to ahci mode after the installation. The OS will load, ahci drivers during the change. Just follow the tutorial, it is quite easy and I have used it several times and it works quite well. Once you do that, you can change back with no problem if it does not work.

Another suggestion, if you would like to try it. Set bios to IDE mode. At the 1st screen don't select your language, hold down Shift key and press F10, it will give you a command prompt. If it is a used disk, follow the tutorial to Optimize a hard drive for rinstallation. The 'clean all' command will take a 1TB drive 6-8 hours to complete, which is best, or you can use the 'clean' command which just takes a few seconds. If it is a new hard drive you don't need to run either command, just start with the create partition primary. create the partition, format it and mark it as Active. then exit twice and cancel the installation, Then change to ahci mode and see if it seesthe drive then, if not follow the tutorial above and install in IDE mode thren try to change to ahci. You will onlyhave 1 hard drive connected, so it will be select disk 0. I showed an example with several hard drives installed so you would know what it looks like. Just press enter after each command and wait for the response from the cmd prompt.

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15 Apr 2012   #13
imaderp

windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I honestly have never heard of that happening. But, you can install in IDE mode and then change to ahci mode after the installation. The OS will load, ahci drivers during the change. Just follow the tutorial, it is quite easy and I have used it several times and it works quite well. Once you do that, you can change back with no problem if it does not work.

the problem is that the mobo dosen't have a driver for ide mode (nor have i been successful in finding one online to transfer via usb) and in ahci it dosen't see any of my sata slots.

I'm starting to consider the possibility that the mobo is damaged/bad (because the package had some damage when i got it)

but i will still try you 2nd idea
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15 Apr 2012   #14
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I tend to agree with you. AHCI is simply a sata configuration. Your mobo should be able to use it without downloading or installing drivers. I have never had a mobo that could not 'see' devices hooked up to the sata ports in AHCI mode. That is a function of the motherboard. The windows installation disk has AHCI drivers in it. During the install it will install them if the bios is in AHCI mode. But first, the installation disk must be able to see the devices. That is a function of the motherboard. Raid is the only sata configuration I know of that will usually need drivers added before the install process, but still the motherboard bios has to enable the installer to see the devices.
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15 Apr 2012   #15
imaderp

windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

i opened up my old computer witch just happened to break right after i finished transferring all my data to a usb, i was just gonna scavenge it for spare parts anyway and i noticed that there was signs that its mobo and vid card would be bad then i looked at the hard drive, sata.
gonna try a raid setup according to the manual(only thing manual tells you how to since its so complicated with this one) if it doesn't work then i know for sure that its broken.
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15 Apr 2012   #16
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I've never set up raid before (although, I've been tempted to and probably will at some point) so, I won't be able to help much there. But, going back to your previous problem. Your motherboard should accept AHCI mode naturally. The motherboard drivers, such as chipset, USB 3.0 ect. are installed once the OS is installed. I just can't see how it is a drver issue.
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15 Apr 2012   #17
imaderp

windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

ive got it working for now off raid,I have no idea why it didn't work but its good for me right now (long as i can go back to daily life and not a computer so weak i cant get anything done)
thanks for the help, though i'm sure ill have problems in the future.
-imaderp-
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15 Apr 2012   #18
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

We're glad it is working for you. Good job. If you have any problems in the future, you know how to find us. we'll be right here and we never close.
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16 Apr 2012   #19
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I wouldn't want to be running RAID with a single drive. No reason for it, and it would make me nervous about any type of data issues later on.

That being said, AHCI shouldn't need any drivers for Windows 7. I haven't seen this dicussed, but does your board have multiple sets of SATA ports or controllers? It's possible that their settings changed when changing the primary to AHCI. If that was me, I would have bought a new board or optical drive, rather than run as RAID. Did you try contacting Gigabyte for the issue? What model optical drive do you have?
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04 May 2012   #20
hippytitimus

windows 7 professional x64, windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Gigabyte mobo ide dvd/hdd and windows 7 sorted

Having read a lot of comments about the problem of Gigabyte mobos giving the error of windows 7 cant find your CD/DVD I decided to try and sort this out for myself. The machine is an old emachine case with original DVD and HDDs fitted and a gigabyte mobo AMD 2 core cpu with 2gb ram, not the most up to date but great for the odd bit of problem solving. As a lot have said, you do need to check your bios settings if you are using IDE drives, on my mobo I set it to legacy IDE, at least I new it would find both my IDE DVD and IDE HDD, I really should have updated both but just wanted to see what would happen. Trying to install windows 7 got as far as looking at your system and then you get the dvd driver error. I then tried installing Win XP SP3, this installed without problem with both dvd and hdd working as they should, I then thought I would try doing a win 7 upgrade from a running xp desktop, this failed also giving errors. My next idea was to copy all the Win 7 disk to a USB stick and run the setup from xp desktop. This loaded and gave me the options of upgrade or complete install, I opted for complete, (it still puts all your xp windows in a "windows.old" dir), low and behold it installed perfectly onto my IDE HDD without the need of my DVD drive, once installed I check if my DVD was working ok ,and it was and changing bios settings after this seemed to make little difference. So I now have a machine running win 7 x64. One to remember for next time maybe.
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