Quote: Originally Posted by ggperry
Tried the linux install, again no hd found. Tried it on another laptop, no hd found. Its a brand new hd, so shouldn't be knackered. Its a sata II drive and so would it work on my (assumed) sata/sata I controller? Think this laptop is 3/4 years old.
Have you tried to see if changing the bios from sata to ide has the HD showing. Shouldn't have to do this but one never knows. You can also get a straight bootable gparted iso which is what I think disc management is actually using. GParted -- Live CD/USB/PXE/HD
If you have a Linux live CD did you look for gparted or just try and install, and got to the partitioner? Also tell us the make and model of the laptop if your having trouble chances are others have as well, Google is our friend once in awhile.