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Windows can't detect any hard drive

Hi there.....i have a problem with my computer.when i want to install windows, the windows can not detect any hard drive on my computer.the main board is ecs elitegroup PT880PRO-A,hard drive seagate ST380211AS, processor INTEL PENTIUM 4 3.0 GHz.
bios detect hard drive 4M-ST380211AS (it should be 3M-ST380211AS).
when i clear the bios with remove the battery,it doesn't effect to BIOS.
please help me......
How to make windows can detect the hard drive.
thanks a lot

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Windows can't detect any hard drive in PT880PRO-A ELITEGROUP OPEN BIOS
OPEN "Features setup"
Change "OnBoard SATA-IDE" Than "RAID" TO "IDE"
Good luck!

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Hello.
Have you check if every thing is ok in the setup ?
If you have the documentation of your Hard drive, set the HDD
manually( cilinders, heads, etc), i don't know the difference between 4M and 3M models, but may be significant.
The battery wont have any effect in the BIOS, you should thanks god for that, because if you could erase what is in the BIOS you could say good bye to your PC.
In order to recognize many new devices the BIOS manufacturer make software updates you can download ( if available)from they website an install it ( i don't recommend you to do that unless you have no other option).
The battery is only for the CMOS, a memory that keeps your setup configuration when you turn off your PC.

- Most Probable cause of that problem and possible solution:

You hard drive must be partitioned and properly formated.

You will have to start you computer using a 3 1/2 floppy disk or bootable CD with MS-DOS.
Note: go to SETUP and set the right drive to boot from first( A: in case of floppy, CD in case of CD), save and exit
Make sure the disk have some commands you will need, FORMAT among them.
I suggest you look for totorials about partitioning a hard drive.
Is no big deal but you have to know what you are doing.
Create a partition using FDISK command and activate it
then format the drive.
Now it is ready to be recognized for Windows.
In the process of windows installation( only XP), right before it start it will ask if you wish to format de Drive, answer yes( the fast one) and choose NTFS( a more efficient Partition for windows XP.

I hope this help you.
Good luck

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

  • Enrique Barrios Jul 13, 2008

    Hi.

    Forgive me, i forgot something important, on the internet you can find an utility made by the hard drive manufacturer for MS-DOS you can use to make the partition, its the easiest way.

    if you can't find that specific Program,There are other softwares,

    that can help you.



    Regards

  • Enrique Barrios Jul 13, 2008

    One more thing, make sure the jumpers configuration of your hard drive is set to MASTER, before doing anything.

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Turn off ahci in bios.

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

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    Kevin Shafer Jul 16, 2008

    Rate it badly if you want, fact is it's a new computer and windows xp won't recognize the hard drive unless you either turn off the ahci in the bios (or change it to IDE mode) or by pressing F6 during setup at the prompt and loading in SATA drivers manually.

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