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Windows 7: Windows can't see the hard drive.

13 Jun 2012   #21
gregrocker

 

Where did you get Win7 installer? The error normally means the installer is bad.

Download the latest official installer for your licensed version to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 follow the steps to reinstall.


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25 Aug 2012   #22
WildBill1971

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I know this is an older thread, but there is another solution I wanted to share. This happens on some of the Gigabyte motherboards and the solution I found is to go into the BIOS. Then select "Integrated Peripherals", "NV Serial ATA Controller" and change "All enabled" to "SATA". Save changes and exit. This has worked for me on 3 different occasions of Windows 7 not finding the hard drive on installation when using different Gigabyte motherboards.
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25 Aug 2012   #23
gregrocker

 

What are the other choices for settings there, so we know for sure which you're referring to.
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26 Aug 2012   #24
WildBill1971

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

You have three choices for the NV Serial-ATA Controller.

All Enabled
SATA-1
Disabled

The default is all enabled. This allows you to select all SATA controllers to be enabled or just the first. When I experienced the hard drive not showing up I simply change this setting and it will then show up on Windows 7 installation. I'm not sure if it is an issue with the multiple controllers and Windows 7 or just a issue within the BIOS, but this change works for me with Gigabyte motherboards.
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26 Aug 2012   #25
gregrocker

 

Is there another SATA controller setting offering the standard choices: AHCI, IDE, RAID, etc?

I'm wondering how your board handles those sub-choices.
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26 Aug 2012   #26
WildBill1971

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

This particular board does not have any IDE connections. There is no other SATA controller options or settings that can be changed in the BIOS, except there is settings to run in RAID configuration.
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26 Aug 2012   #27
gregrocker

 

Thanks for the information as we have a lot of problems here with Giga mobos. If you'd state the exact model and what your solution provides again in a single tight sentence the Google crawler will pick it up to help countless others.
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26 Aug 2012   #28
WildBill1971

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Problems with Windows 7 finding hard drive with Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 motherboard. Go into the BIOS, then select "Integrated Peripherals", "NV Serial ATA Controller". You have three choices for the NV Serial-ATA Controller.

All Enabled
SATA-1
Disabled

The default is all enabled. This allows you to select all SATA controllers to be enabled or just the first. When I experienced the hard drive not showing up I simply change this setting and it will then show up on Windows 7 installation. I'm not sure if it is an issue with the multiple controllers and Windows 7 or just a issue within the BIOS, but this change works for me with Gigabyte motherboards.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks for the information as we have a lot of problems here with Giga mobos. If you'd state the exact model and what your solution provides again in a single tight sentence the Google crawler will pick it up to help countless others.
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