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Windows 7: Need Help - HDD Not Detected in BIOS

11 Jul 2010   #11
bgettel

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EpicThorn View Post
Do we assume you have initiated the HDD already. If it is brand spanking new, you have to setup the drive first. And you may need to install a 3rd party driver for it, as Win7 may not have the driver pre-loaded for that drive.

Now I'm about to get schooled. How do I initiate the drive, when this PC does not have an existing drive w/OS installed? Also, who makes these 3rd party drivers that you mention?


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11 Jul 2010   #12
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I'm guessing that this is how you got the BIOS to play nice with the drive:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- FAQ FAQ Why can't my SATA-II hard drive be detected on VIA VT8237 chipset based motherboard?

Unfortunately, your MB has the Via K8T800 chipset, which was problematic even with Vista. You may need to load an SATA driver during the installation of Windows at the point where it prompts you for 3rd Party Drivers. Asus has nothing I can find to help you out.

I have at times been able to download a chipset driver from another manufacturer and get it to work, assuming it's the same chipset, anyway. That gets well into the "grasping at straws" category, though.

I recently had a similar problem with an old MSI board of mine that used a VIA chipset even older than yours. I ended up finding it easier to run my drives off a PCI controller card. I'm not telling you to give up, but if you're simply in a hurry to get the darn thing to work you might consider that.

You can find a basic card for not very much money ($15-$30) and you'll have the added benefit of undoing the jumper trick on the hard drive and running it at full speed, assuming you get a card that does SATA II.
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11 Jul 2010   #13
EpicThorn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Ok, you mentioned it was Western Pigshit cough cough, I mean Western Digital. Ok, do you have access to a desktop computer so you can plug your fresh drive to initiate it?
WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS > WD Caviar Black
Check out that link, download the appropriate software, you should be able to run the app from USB if you dont have a floppy.
The easiest way is to plug the drive into another computer that has a working operating system, then Right click Computer> Manage>Storage and right click the new drive, then set the partition.
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12 Jul 2010   #14
bgettel

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EpicThorn View Post
Ok, you mentioned it was Western Pigshit cough cough, I mean Western Digital. Ok, do you have access to a desktop computer so you can plug your fresh drive to initiate it?
WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS > WD Caviar Black
Check out that link, download the appropriate software, you should be able to run the app from USB if you dont have a floppy.
The easiest way is to plug the drive into another computer that has a working operating system, then Right click Computer> Manage>Storage and right click the new drive, then set the partition.
I really appreciate all the responses, folks. I prefer to be self-sufficient but it's nice to have some dialogue as I am trying to learn something new (new to me, at least).

I don't have access to another desktop computer. However, I have a laptop and a HDD enclosure with USB connection. Can I initiate the drive in this manner and then put it back in my desktop machine?
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12 Jul 2010   #15
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bgettel View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EpicThorn View Post
Ok, you mentioned it was Western Pigshit cough cough, I mean Western Digital. Ok, do you have access to a desktop computer so you can plug your fresh drive to initiate it?
WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS > WD Caviar Black
Check out that link, download the appropriate software, you should be able to run the app from USB if you dont have a floppy.
The easiest way is to plug the drive into another computer that has a working operating system, then Right click Computer> Manage>Storage and right click the new drive, then set the partition.
I really appreciate all the responses, folks. I prefer to be self-sufficient but it's nice to have some dialogue as I am trying to learn something new (new to me, at least).

I don't have access to another desktop computer. However, I have a laptop and a HDD enclosure with USB connection. Can I initiate the drive in this manner and then put it back in my desktop machine?



Depends on the connection type in the enclosure IDE or SATA
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12 Jul 2010   #16
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you need to load Sata Controller drivers, take a look here:
SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup
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12 Jul 2010   #17
bgettel

Windows 7
 
 

[/QUOTE]Depends on the connection type in the enclosure IDE or SATA [/QUOTE]

DocBrown - love that handle by the way - I actually don't have an enclosure per se, I have an adapter that will turn a 2.5" IDE, 3.5" IDE, or either size in SATA into an external drive.

I am using that now, connected to my laptop via USB, to format the drive.

Looks like I have about half an hour to go and I'll see what happens next.

Stay tuned.
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12 Jul 2010   #18
bgettel

Windows 7
 
 
Success!!

Great news folks. I am up and running with my new 1.0TB HDD and Win7.

It looks like I needed to A) initiate the HDD and B) set the jumper for 150Mb/s support.

I did that and plugged it into the RAID controller and still, Win7 did not see it. But when I plugged it into the regular SATA port on the mainboard, BIOS saw it there for the first time, and Win7 also saw it!!!

Many thanks to everyone who responded. If you guys ever get into Maryland in the US ping me here - the beer is on me. I have to say, honestly, that this forum has been the most helpful of any that I have tried.

Thanks again everyone!
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13 Jul 2010   #19
EpicThorn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bgettel View Post

Many thanks to everyone who responded. If you guys ever get into Maryland in the US ping me here - the beer is on me. I have to say, honestly, that this forum has been the most helpful of any that I have tried.

Thanks again everyone!
Glad we could help mate. With lack of friends that I can talk computers with, it's great to have a chance to flex my brain and troubleshoot computer issues for fun (as apposed to doing it for half witted customers that need a bullet in the head)
I'll hold you to that beer ;-)
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14 Jul 2010   #20
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bgettel View Post
Great news folks. I am up and running with my new 1.0TB HDD and Win7.

It looks like I needed to A) initiate the HDD and B) set the jumper for 150Mb/s support.

I did that and plugged it into the RAID controller and still, Win7 did not see it. But when I plugged it into the regular SATA port on the mainboard, BIOS saw it there for the first time, and Win7 also saw it!!!

Many thanks to everyone who responded. If you guys ever get into Maryland in the US ping me here - the beer is on me. I have to say, honestly, that this forum has been the most helpful of any that I have tried.

Thanks again everyone!

Good news I always have a Tri-Head USB adapter handy to test HD's

Thanks for the +rep


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