Cant get my system to recognize sata drives

  sputnick 21:05 PM 01 Jun 11

I have just built a new system using a Gigabyte mobo, I sata hard drive and one sata dvd drive. In the bios I cant find the hard drive or the dvd drive. I fitted an IDE dvd drive to load W7 64 bit O/S. It now starts to load windows but gets stuck asking where to install it I have put the drivers sata drivers and chipset drivers on a USB stick but it still refuses to find the sata drives, I don`t need to set up a raid array. I never had this trouble with my asus mobo.

  woodchip 21:14 PM 01 Jun 11

Have you loaded all the Motherboard Drivers?

  sputnick 21:16 PM 01 Jun 11

Can I install the mobo drivers before I install W7

  woodchip 21:21 PM 01 Jun 11

It should ask you for the Drivers when you start to load windows, I think you have to press a Key may be F6 then you would need to change the windows disc to the Motherboard CD then put the windows disc back in after drivers are loaded

  woodchip 21:23 PM 01 Jun 11

PS when Loading you need to watch for everything that comes up on screen plus it should tell you in the Motherboard Manual on how to load the Drivers

  n47. 21:26 PM 01 Jun 11

"In the bios I cant find the hard drive or the dvd drive."

That is why 7 will not load. Read the manual to setup your SATA controllers. You may have to go back and find which SATA connection you have used on the motherboard and select those connections as boot drives.

If that makes sense to you. If not we will go through the manual with you.

  n47. 21:31 PM 01 Jun 11


We would need to know which Gigabyte mobo it is.

  woodchip 21:38 PM 01 Jun 11

Yes it means that you have to set the BIOS boot order and tell it which drive to boot from, but that should only apply if you have more than one Hard drive. BIOS when loading a New OS should be set to boot first from DVD then Hard Drive set as second device. When you put the Windows CD in and boot from it does it not ask for the drivers after its had a look at your system? If not only way I can think is you would need to use a External USB Stick that you have copied the Sata drivers to. But before you can do that you have to have at least one Partition that is Formatted and got a letter to copy the files from the USB stick to C:\ That's why Windows should do it all. It comes up time and time again this problem with Sata drivers, when loading a new OS.

It seems like a merry go round, As I said watch the screen when its booting from the Windows CD, and read the Manual on Setting up Sata Drives

  n47. 21:45 PM 01 Jun 11

they may be 6,8 or 10 SATA headers on the motherboard. The correct sequence of headers might want switching on in the bios to see the drives

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:13 PM 01 Jun 11

First sata drive where you want to put op system should be connected to the sata0 header as BIOS cycles through the drives looking for the op system to boot from.

Set BIOS to ACHI or Raid for it to see SATA drives see here


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