> My machine turns up with the black screen with 'Missing Operating
> System'. When I put my Vista DVD in and try to repair it, there are no
> operating systems (which is obvious as I am apparently missing them) and
> it asks me to find the drivers for it which I can't find.
> My computer is custom built and yeah, I do see my hard drive on my BIOS
> but before it says 'Missing Operating System', there's a page before it
> stating that there are No Harddrives detected.
> In the command prompt, I have also tried scanning for an Os
> (bootrec.exe/scanos) but it can't find anything.
OK, first I would test the hard drive with a diagnostic utility downloaded
from the drive mftr. (or use Seagate's SeaTools For DOS). There is no point
in trying to install the operating system on faulty hardware. You will
create a bootable CD with the file you download. You will need third-party
burning software to do this such as Roxio, Nero, or the free CDBurnerXP
Pro. Burn as an image, not as data.
Boot with the CD you made and do a thorough test of the drive. If it fails
any physical tests, replace it.
If the hard drive is physically good, then you will need the SATA drive
controller drivers. I believe that Vista will let you have them on a USB
stick. You would get these drivers from the motherboard mftr.'s website or
you may even have them in the CDs provided to you with the computer by the
Then when you boot with the Vista DVD and start the installation, you will
see where you can point the install to the additional drivers.
I should point out that if you have data on that drive you didn't back up,
it *might* be possible to retrieve it before installing Windows. Assuming
that the hard drive is physically viable, you can use data recovery
software to see if any data can be saved. R-Studio is a good one.
R-Studio - http://www.r-tt.com/
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