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SATA drive not recognized AFTER partial install of Vista

My new system has a SATA drive. After booting to the Vista DVD and installing, the system locks up at the first reboot during the install process as if the SATA drive does not exist. This also happened with XP on the same system, which is why I purchased the full version of Vista. Two hours of discussing the problem with Windows technical support did no good at all. The system works fine with the OS installed on an IDE drive. There is no opportunity during the install to load any drivers; I am never able to get this far. There is no mention of this problem at all in any hardwear or softwear documentation I have.

Thanks for any assistance.

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You need to download a program from the Hard drive Manufacturer which will re-format the hard drive again.
This seems to be very common with SATA drives.

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