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Marcus Phanthongphay May 11, 2006, 04:32pm EDT Report Abuse
I just got all my computer parts yesterday and i just hooked up everything. I don't know how to get the motherboard to detect my hard drive so i can intstall the OS. I don't really know anything about the BIOS either and what i'm supposed to do. My HDD is SATA and i swear i hooked it up right but i still get nothing. If anyone can help me out that would be great!

AMD athlon 64 3000+
eVGA 7600GT
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
1 GB kingston Value Ram (2X512mb)
Western Digital 160GB SATA2 7200RPM
Antec Sonata II 450PSU

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Laptop Willie Jun 06, 2006, 10:57am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Having lots of problems...
You may find that your mother board will not support the SATA drive. Check this out:

Good luck,

Laptop Willie
Reason Jun 06, 2006, 11:14am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Having lots of problems...
Make sure you have the motherboard's SATA drivers loaded onto a floppy disk. You'll need to press F6 when prompted near the start of the Windows install.

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Ecosse Jun 06, 2006, 11:29am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Having lots of problems...
Dunno if this goes for SATA drives but when I last installed an IDE on my current comp it wouldn't find it - I had to go into the BIOS and set all drives to Auto Detect - found it first time and I was on my way to installing the OS.


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Lou Bot Jun 06, 2006, 12:02pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Having lots of problems...
His mobo doesnt need additional drivers for SATA drives! Dude make sure the SATA option is enabled and set to SATA instead of RAID. When you system boots you should see your SATA drives showing up in hte POST as 3rd IDE Master drive . What is the model number of your MSI board? MS-7125?

AMD Opteron185 @2.86
2GB PC4000 2.5-3-3-8 2T
2xBFG 7800GTX 256MB (91.31)
Enermax EG651P-VE 24P & CS-718
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Reason Jun 06, 2006, 12:47pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Having lots of problems...
OK, I was told my mobo didn't need drivers for SATA, either, but Windows does. Windows install would not see my SATA drive until I did the F6 thing. He said the computer won't recognize his drive - sounds like the exact problem I had, and F6 on install fixed it.

I'm not sure how his (newer-than-mine) mobo can tell Windows to use SATA without drivers. I'd love to learn how, I could google it later, but I have to go to work right now.

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