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You will get to a point in Vista set up where it asks you what drive/partition you want to install to. Obviously the window which should contain the drive information is empty because Vista can't see the hard drive yet. At the bottom of this windows there's a "Load Drivers" button. Make sure your XFX motherboard CD is in the dvd drive then click the Load Drivers button. Now you should be able to browse the CD. The SATA drivers will either be in a folder called RAID or a floder called SATA. Just click on the correct folder containing the drivers and click OK. Vista should now load the SATA drivers and your drive/s will appear in the window.

If this doesn't work then I suggest you register on XFX's website and go to the support section and download the driver from there:

http://www.xfxforce.com/en-gb/Help/Support.aspx

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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