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Clean Install of Vista on brand new sata drive  keeps asking for drivers doesn't recognize hard drive

badgermike asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am trying to install a fresh copy of windows vist home premium (not upgrade) onto a new seagate SATA drive - the computer is an ACER ASPIRE 5100

I went into bios to change it to boot from the cd drive....everthing went fine until the hard drive section in setup popped up...

It said that It couldn't find the hard drive and something like I needed to install drivers for the hard driver (probably the controller though I would guess)

Anway the seagate site says the vista should have the drivers neccessary for the HD

IF it is the controller driver for the HDD - I went on the Acer site and couln't find anything that would relate to that driver.

It is driving me a bit nuts - I though I would be able to buy the vista op sys and a new hard drive and just be able to get it done.

Has anyone else experianced this or have some kind of resolution.

Thanks in advance.
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I forgot to mention that this ACER ASPIRE 5100 came with vista and is vista compatible. The old drive was toast and I din't have any restore cd's for vista standar or the orginal operating system disk ....so I just bit the bullet and went out to by a brand new copy of vist home premium.
Does the Bios see the drive?


Bios does see the drive.



You know what is really odd to me?

When I use the old hard drive that still boots - but had bad blocks and freezes and crashes etc....

I put the old hd back in (BIOS recognizes it too) - I told it to boot to the new vista disk I purchased. Then when I go to do an install on the bad hard drive I get the same thing. When It gets to the hard drive no device is detected....then when I go to browse I can get into the c: drive (the old hard drive)....

How can this vista disk (brand new- just purchased today) not recognize the hard disk when BIOS does and through vista setup I can see the c: drive?

Also from the new vista disk I tried a repair on the old vista installation and it recognized that there was an installation there....so somehow through the repair utility when booting from new vista disk it can recognize that their is an installation and.....from the custom intall it cant see the drive but when I go to browse for drivers that it is asking me for because it doesn't recognize the drive..... I can go to the c: drive?

This is very strange to me.

Good question I wish I had an answer for you. But what might have been a better way to go.
If you had gotten Spinrite you most likely would have been able to repair the drive and then you could have cloned it. This would have been cheaper that VistaI would think.

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The acer5100 laptop comes with a PhoenixBios.

When turning on press F2 to open the Bios screen go to the main menu, this is done by pressing the left or right arrow keys, then locate the SATA mode and select IDE MODE instead of AHCI mode save all changes and restart.
Now Install your fresh copy of vista the drive should be recognized.
Hope this helps.


Figured it out.....I didn't find any documentation on this and I also forgot to mention that this hard drive was completely new....

Also I didn't mention butwhen I went to the format option from the vista setup disk in wouldn't let me....

So I gues vista doesn't like unallocated disks or something....So I put the new drive in a notbook caddy and hooked it up to my xp box and formatted it.

As soon as I did that it gave me the option and recogized the drive, and is installing.

About the old hard drive that boots still but had bad blocks and such I am not really sure what happeded to that drive....all I know is apparently the partition table must by all screwy or something because when I booted with it into vista and went into disk management it was showing that drive having no file system.

Also when I looked at that old drive with pargon disk copy it showed the disk as having unallocted space but somehow it still would boot up and run for 15 minutes to serveral hours without and issue and then would lock up and throw bad block events in the event log.

Strange stuff to me.
That drive still might be usable with Spinrite. It has done some amazing things.


In my last post I resolved this issue. I am awarding RickEpt net 300 points for participation and the spinrite - I have never heard of it before and will check it out as it might prove useful in the future.

I have awarded alfil 28 150 pts for particpation.
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