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Windows 7: SATA install Driver

27 Sep 2009   #21

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Hi spencerjw

The post is about the Silcon Image controller.

If you do not have one,do not use there drivers.

Look up your brand.

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27 Sep 2009   #22

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spencerjw View Post
Has anyone figured out if there is a verifiable real solution for this issue?

I tried a number of different things to get my SATAs to install Win7 Ultimate (final version) and nothing worked. I tried no drives and only a CD and SATA drive, can't find it and won's install drivers.

I've tried 2 SATA drives and CD (gotta have CD for Win7 install of course) and no drives show up.

Finally I had to install an eIDE 30 gig HDD to get Win7 to install to thinking I could then put in the SATA drives (500 GB and 1 TB) and then install Win7 on the 1TB drive from withing the original install on the 30 GB eIDE drive. So far that initial install went great but neither of my SATA drives can be seen from my system.

I tried to get drivers from Abit but seeing as this AV8 mobo is a number of years old I doubt they'll have any drivers for Win7 yet, if ever.

Anything else I can try to do to get these SATA drives seen from Windows? Even in diskmgmt.msc (Disk Management) I don't see them in the top or bottom windows. I know the cabels are good and they are powering up and spinning but nothing can actually see them. Even the WesternDigital Data Lifeguard Tools won't run on Win7.

Frusterated that I have a Terabyte and a half of HDDs sititng here and I had to resort to installing Win7 on a 30 GB eIDE drive...
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spencerjw View Post
Wow ok, so I read what it was saying but to be honest with you I really am not very familiar with the SATA details and really don't know exactly what I have other than the specific motherboard and the HDDs.

What exactly is Silicon Image? Would I use their drivers regardless of my brand, etc?

Thanks a lot for the assistance, I'm sure I can eventually get this figured out but maybe a *bit* more hand-holding is in order.
Hi spencerjw,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Please try this system information program and you'll find all the information about your computer. Please let us know what controller you have.

SIW - System Information for Windows

If you need any help finding it in SIW, just ask here.

Have you had these HDs working in another computer or different operating system? If yes give us the details, what computer, which OS, Formatted, partitioned, drive letters assigned, etc.

Which BIOS system are you using (this is in SIW also) and the version number.

Have you checked the BIOS 'SATA mode setting'? What is it set to? IDE, ACHI, RAID?

With this info we can help you, if you have any questions about finding this info, please reply here.
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