BIOS does not recognise SATA hard drive

I have recently constructed a new pc around a Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo, Western Digital Raptor 74GB with a DVD Writer set to boot 1st for Windows XP installation.

Now I know I am supposed to add the drivers via F6 during windows installation as I actually read the manual for a change and I also know how to create a boot floppy for the drivers from my Motherboard CD.

My problem is that my BIOS does not recognise the drive to start with.

Having never installed a SATA drive before, I am not certain if it is supposed to recognise it in the BIOS prior or subsequent to installing the drivers, I think it should be prior which makes me think I have not set my BIOS up correctly.

Any views anyone ?

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I'd make sure of a couple things here...first, make sure the drive is connected to the SATA cable as well as a lead from the power supply....if that still doesn't resolve the issue, try a different SATA cable, different power connector, and a different sata connector on the motherboard...if it's still not being recognized, try a known good hard drive.
good luck,

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solnishko1966Author Commented:
Thanks TFJeff,

must remember to connect the SATA power cable in future.....Doh !


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