So I downloaded the Windows 7 RC (both 32 bit and 64 bit, just in case) and went to install it. The OS is being installed on a brand new system that has not had any other operating systems on it before. However, after accepting the license agreement and choosing "Custom" (for a new installation as opposed to an upgrade), the thing refuses to show my hard drive in the "Where do you want to install Windows?" menu.
I'm pretty sure neither my hard drive nor the motherboard is defective (although I could be wrong, since I'm fairly new at this), since the system turns on and the BIOS screens all look fine, and the hard drive shows up correctly in the BIOS. On top of that, when I click "Load Driver
" and then "Browse", there is an entry called "Local Disk (C
" that I think is probably referring to the hard drive, and when I try to expand the little "+" thing next to it it says I need to format the drive before I can use it and whether I would like to do so, but when I click "Format Disk", it gives me a big error like "Windows can't format C, check to see that the disk and drive are connected properly, make sure that the disk is not read-only, and then try again. For more information, search Help for read-only files and how to change them.".
I've tried quite a few things so far, like upgrading the BIOS, getting Vista drivers
for SATA controllers from Gigabyte and Intel (since neither of them provide Windows 7 drivers to my knowledge), trying with a couple different BIOS settings, and plugging my Hard Drive and optical drive into different SATA controllers (the motherboard has a GSATA2 controller with 2 purple slots and a ICH10R controller with 6 orange slots). However, it seems that nothing will get it to work, and I was wondering if anyone here knew anything about this and could give me a few more ideas.
My system components are as follows:
--Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33GHz Q8200
--Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Motherboard
--2x2Gb Corsair XMS2 DDR2-SDRAM
--Seagate Barracuda SATA Hard Drive (ST3500641AS-RK); 500Gb capacity, 7200 rpm, 3.0Gb/s SATA, 16Mb cache, 3.5" internal.
Other components that are proabably irrelevent but that I'll put here just in case:
--EVGA GeForce GTS250 Gfx Card
--LITE-ON 24x DVD/CD Writer (SATA interface)
--CoolerMaster PSU and Case
Also I'm kinda new here and I couldn't figure out if I should have post this under "Installation & Setup" (which is what I'm doing) or under "Drivers" (which is what the problem seems to be), so sorry if I'm doin it wrong please don't hate >_<.