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Windows 7: New Hard Drive Not Recognized During Boot-Up or Windows 7 Installation

12 Jul 2014   #1
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 
New Hard Drive Not Recognized During Boot-Up or Windows 7 Installation

Motherboard: ECS KM400-M2 (3.0) 462(A) VIA KM400 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ECS Web Site > KM400-M2 (V3.0)

I just purchased a new hard drive to use for hosting, as I am creating a server computer. I took that old motherboard, put it in a new CoolerMaster Case, along with a new hard drive WD 500GB (7200rpm 32mb/mo). The motherboard is IDE and SATA, and the new hard drives only have SATA connections of course. So, I purchased a power supply SATA adapter and I have a SATA cable running to the motherboard in the first SATA spot (SATA 1 [total of 2 slots]). The BIOS does not tell you which hard drives are recognized, but it allows you to have an initial bootup of first/second/third. Options include HDD-0 HDD-1 and so on. SATA is enabled in the BIOS and when I boot up, it starts the DVD-ROM drive, and not my Hard Drive. I have the windows 7 installation disk in there anyways, and it boots that up. I go through the setup and once I get to the point where you pick a drive, my WD 500GB Hard Drive isn't displayed. I do a refresh, and I tried scanning for Hard Drives, and scanning for Hard Drives that wasn't compatible with the Hardware. Nothing showed up. So, now I am stumped.


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12 Jul 2014   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome Oh Great One

Try enabling the AHCI mode in the bios setup and see if it recognizes the WD HD that way. Also double check the Power connector & data cables and even try them on a different connection location.

Soon other members will join in to help you, also.
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13 Jul 2014   #3
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

How do I turn on ACHI mode? And I did double check the connections and tried them with other devices.
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13 Jul 2014   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

There should be a sub-menu in the Bios setup that lets you choose from several HD options,; IDE, SATA, ACHI, etc.

select ACHI, save settings, and reboot. see if HD is recognized in boot up screen. If you get a prompt NO operating system found / installed, then you will probably be able to boot win7 install DVD/or USB Stick.


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13 Jul 2014   #5
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

I will post a picture, give me a sec.
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13 Jul 2014   #6
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Here is my BIOS settings. There is no section for ACHI.

EDIT: I don't know why they are sideways, I didn't take them sideways, sorry.


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13 Jul 2014   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Seems like there is another Bios screen missing. Or did you not scrool or tab down to the bottom of the advanced screen as sometimes other options are available below the botton border of the screen.
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13 Jul 2014   #8
Oh Great One

Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

No, I scrolled through everything. These are all my main menu options.


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13 Jul 2014   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Can we do screen shots of Integ. Periph.
PnP/PCI Conf
and the 1st one Stand. CMOS Features
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13 Jul 2014   #10
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

KM400-M2 is an old motherboard. I have seen old boards which are having difficulty to recognize new SATA 3GB/s or 6GB/s disks. They will recognize old 1.5 GB/s drives (SATA 1) happily. Since your HDD is a WD one, it may have an option to set the disk to SATA 1 compatibility mode.

An example :




In the above example, shorting pins 5 and 6 using a jumper will make the disk to enter in SATA 1 compatibility mode. Check if your HDD has a feature like that.
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