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Windows 7: win7 32bit CLEAN install on MSI CX600 not detecting HDD

09 Feb 2011   #1

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win7 32bit CLEAN install on MSI CX600 not detecting HDD

hey all i need some help.

i recently had to get a new hdd for my MSI CX600 laptop and im trying to install windows 7 on it, when it asks to select what drive to install on no drives are listed.

the hdd is listed in the bios and i have tried the shift+f10 and list disk etc and nothing is working.

thanks for any and all help.

now i gotta rest my thumbs as im posting this via my telstra T-Hub.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Feb 2011   #2
Julio Cortez

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 Windows XP SP3

Is it possible that you need special SATA drivers for AHCI, which are not included in Windows?
It looks strange to me as Windows 7 should have AHCI support built-in, but well..

If so, try reading this tutorial: it's exactly the way I did to create an XP CD that would install on my ICH10R chipset (the "clean" MSDN install CD I had wouldn't recognize my HD if I had AHCI enabled in the BIOS) and maybe (but I don't know it for sure) you can adapt it to Windows 7 somehow
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

If your chipset has AHCI enabled, indeed, you may:
  • either need to get the specific AHCI drivers for your SiS 968 chipset (if you're installing Windows from a "clean" CD)
  • or use a recovery media/partition from MSI (which, hopefully, will have inbuilt the drivers you need).
Otherwise (if AHCI drivers aren't provided the right way) it could tell you that a disk couldn't be found (again, it looks strange anyway).

Does the drive work correctly, as far as you know?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Feb 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP


Make sure you have the latest BIOS update, if so then reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

While in BIOS set SATA controller to AHCI to try install, then IDE if it fails. It is unlikely you'll need SATA drivers but you can try inserting them (unzipped to flash stick) at Load Drivers link on drives selection screen.

Try preformatting the HD using Diskpart, use Step 2.2 to mark it active: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Will any other OS install on the new HD? If one already has, then wipe it first using Clean All command.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Is your HD showing in BIOS?
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