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Ok so i have a wd500 gb hard drive and when i go into the bios it detects my hard drive in native ide mode( thats the only mode it finds it in) and it seems like its fine. But when i go 2 install windows 7 it works fine till the point it needs some where to put it and it can t find the hard drive during installation. Its my first build and im new at this but i figure it would just work. Its a SATA cable and everything is plugged it just cant seem 2 get it 2 work ive tried everything please help!

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    Andrew Freyne Apr 07, 2011

    Hello Faze, just a couple of questions. Firstly, does your hard drive have an IDE port on it or a SATA port or perhaps it has both? Also, you mention that your hard drive is recognised as an IDE mode. In your bios you should notice an area that mentions SATA. If you have a SATA cable then do you have this cable plugged into one of your sata ports on the motherboard? If so it should be your first sata port, that's if you have four of them. Also, I want to ask, do you have an IDE connector on your motherboard?



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Hello and welcome to fixya.

If I was in your position, I would try disabling the AHCI mode of the Hard Disk Drive from the BIOS. That option is can be found according to the type of BIOS you have.

Of course the other-way around stands as well. This means that if you notice that the AHCI option of the Hard Disk Drive is disabled or not on, please try and enable it and try the Windows7 installation again.

This problem is mostly noticed in Windows 7 (64-bit) here but as I mentioned before, it might not be exactly the same. Try disabling/enabling that specific option I've told you and see what happens.

Also: You didn't mention intially if you have more than one Hard Disks or if you are running RAID. That might also cause some issues or needs specific configuration.

Let me know how that went.

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  • Chris D Apr 07, 2011

    I would also like to clarify (in case you have missed it), whether you have plugged in the power strip cable of the SATA 2 Hard Disk. More informative setup of SATA can be found here--->


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At this point i would ask what model is the hard drive and is it internal or external..?

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