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Windows Vista won't recognize a SATA drive.

Posted on 2006-12-01
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I started installing Windows Vista on my desktop the other day, and had a brand-new SATA 400 gig drive I thought I'd try out.  

I put the motherboard drivers on a floppy (as instructed by Seagate and Gigabyte) and started loading Windows Vista.

All went well until the installation stopped and said that I needed a location to install Vista.  

I inserted the floppy with the motherboard SATA drivers and the install program said that they were not the right drivers.

I re-downloaded the board driver for the SATA from Gigabyte and the same thing happened.  

I then went into the CMOS and after adjusting the SATA settings in all possible modes (Auto, Combined, Not Combined, etc.), the SATA was still not recognized.

Now, I saw a pre-install program from Seagate, but I don't want to make it a proprietary hard drive.  All I want is the Windows Vista setup to recognize the SATA drive.

HELP!!??
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by:jss1199
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Hi NCSAV,

What controller is the MB using?   Many Gigabyte boards use a Silicon Image controller for SATA - If your does, get the Controller drivers for Vista below:

http://www.siliconimage.com/support/supportsearchresults.aspx?pid=29&cid=3&ctid=2&osid=8 

Cheers!
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by:NCSAV
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jss1199,

I noticed that these are 64 bit drivers.  It's not a 64 bit processor.  Will they work?


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by:wlennon
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It just depends on the Processor you are using Intel Core 2 Duo or the Dual Core, they are all backward compatible from EMT64 to 32-Bit.

But just about any 32-Bit Drivers will work if the OS is also 32-Bit

Such as Vista Beta RC-2 (Ultimate Edition) comes in Beta with both 32-Bit and 64-Bit on a DVD weighing in at 3.4GB, but then again, all 5 versions of Vista are combined on one Beta.

Of course you will have to load the RAID Drivers (if you are using RAID) during the OS setup, near the beginning it will tell you to press F-6 to install any 3rd Party Drivers.

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by:Francois_IT
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Did your new 400Gb ever worked on this computer? if not, try to update your BIOS ! might just do the trick.
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