Re: Vista Setup Cannot Find HDD
"phxpoet" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I got all the final parts for my new computer today. Put together all
> the hardware relatively easily. Went into the BIOS to set it to load
> from my optical drive first, then I popped in the Vista disc and
> rebooted so the OS setup started.
> Everything was fine up until it asked me to specify where to install
> Vista and it told me it couldn't find any hard drives, even though I
> have a WD Caviar Blue / SE / SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
> SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive. The HDD is also recognized by my BIOS.
> Basically it's telling me I need the drivers for my HDD, but I bought
> it OEM so there was no disc that came with the HDD itself. So it said I
> had to create something like a mass storage location for the OS.
> First thing I tried was disconnecting and reconnecting the SATA data
> and power cables, which didn't work.
> I Googled around and read something uploading the SATA drivers from my
> motherboard installation disc, which I have. So during Vista setup I
> popped that in, browsed the drive contents and found the folder with the
> SATA drivers. After all that, it still told me that no drivers could be
> Next I tried going to the Western Digital site and downloading the Data
> Lifeguard Tools. I installed those onto a folder, put the folder on a
> USB drive, then started the OS installation over again. Essentially I
> tried with the USB drive what I tried with the motherboard installation
> disc. Found the right folder but again it says no drivers were found.
> Next, I downloaded all the appropriate drivers I could find from the
> manufacturers' Web sites and put them on the USB drive as well. They
> aren't listed under those compatible with the hardware unless I changed
> the OnChip SATA Type in the Integrated Peripheral Settings in my BIOS
> from IDE to AHCI. Using the AHCI setting also allows me to see the HDD
> in my BIOS, but it isn't listed as an AHCI device during the little AHCI
> Device Detection Screen.
> When I set the OnChip SATA Type to IDE, there's no AHCI Device
> Detection Screen and the HDD shows up in my BIOS, but when I enter Vista
> setup, it won't show the drivers off the USB drive unless I click off
> the option to ignore drivers that aren't compatible with the hardware.
> There's a couple things I haven't tired yet: 1) While keeping the boot
> disk priority to Optical Drive first, put in my motherboard installation
> disc rather than the Visa installation disc (this is just something I
> pulled out of my [censored] so really not sure it'll work). 2) Use the
> downloadable tools off of Western Digitial's site to set up the HDD on
> another computer: essentially, create and format a bootable partition
> using a system that already has an OS.
See my answer to the previous post