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Vista x64 installation won't display my HDD

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Old 08-27-2009
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Vista x64 installation won't display my HDD

I am trying to install vista64 onto a new build, but when the time comes
to choose where I want to install Windows, my HDD (WD Caviar Black
640GB) does not show up. The HDD is recognized in the BIOS, so it
doesn't seem to be a connection issue. My motherboard is a Gigabyte
GA-EX58-UD4P, which only has drivers available for RAID or AHCI
installation. It seems, then, that installing Vista onto a single
non-RAID or AHCI hard drive does not require a specific driver. I have
tried installing with SATA Port0-3 Native Mode both enabled and
disabled, with the HDD in assorted SATA ports, and installing the
assorted RAID/AHCI drivers anyway. Nothing has worked.

The solution everywhere I look to address this question is to simply
install the SATA driver, however, there is no driver for a non AHCI or
RAID HDD on either the motherboard CD or website.

On a side note, I did try to change the HDD to AHCI in the BIOS, but
then my HDD was not detected by the BIOS at all. I don't really
understand what AHCI is (I get RAID), but since the BIOS can't detect
the HDD in AHCI, I can't check whether or not Windows will recognize the
HDD with the AHCI driver installed.

Any wisdom on this would be GREATLY appreciated.


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Re: Vista x64 installation won't display my HDD

Formatted the hard drive first, I'm now on Vista update 39 of 53.


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