Problems with an ASUS P5GD1 motherboard, hard disks, and installing Windows XP


I’m in a bit of a bind here. I’ve built a pc with an asus P5GD1 motherboard and have connected my 2 dvd-roms and 2 HDD’s to the motherboard. The bios recognizes all of the above, however when I boot up from my Win XP setup disk, it tells me it cannot detect any of my hard disks, despite the fact they are both detected by the bios. The dvd-roms and IDE, as are the hard disks.The hard disks are a Seagate barracuda 7200.7 200gb ST3200822A Ultra ATA/100, and a Western Digital 120gb WD1200 EIDE.

Please advise, as I've spent atleast 4 man-days trying to sort this out and am at my wits end

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Are you aware the board supports only Raid IDE? you should setup the disks in a raid configuration, and push the F6 key when you startup from the CD (have the raid rivers ready in the Floppy drive !
Apologies if you knew all this, but i could not se it from your post...
BatFreakAuthor Commented:
Aha - this is did not know. Thanks nobus. Now the next step is, where do I get the raid drivers from - they did not come on the motherboard support CD, and the hard disks did not come with any disks... do I need to get these from somewhere? Or should I get a SATA HDD? Apols for the rather idiotic questions, this is the first time I'm building a PC with this sort of motherboard...
It is not idiotic. You can setup them in a raid config (do you know what it is and what you use it for?)
Here is some reading on it  :

You can check it in your manual also.
If you want to use the ide drives, you have only one ide connector, near the power plug. You can hook 2 devices to it : 1 disk, 1 CD or DVD. BTW, why do you use 2 DVD's?
If you want to connect the 2 drives in raid, that will leave 2 ide connectors free.
It is up to you if you want to use SATA or IDE drives, but i think you want the 2 drives for space, so you should get
 2 SATA drives,
or another motherboard, supporting 2 IDE connectors in a non raid configuration
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BatFreakAuthor Commented:
I've got a DVD-ROM and DVD-RW. Ideally I'd like to use both the IDE drives for space, not for any raid functionality. So, really, what I need is to get a SATA drive. Can I use one Sata drive as a master, and the other IDE one as a slave?
The Sata is always a master drive, as there is only one on a cable. You can set the IDE drive as master, and one dvd device as slave, or the other way round

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BatFreakAuthor Commented:
Cool - cheers for you help nobus. I'm going to invest in a couple of SATA drives and hope that works. It should, shouldn't it?
I should think so
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