Install Vista on Vostro 1510, No Hard Drive found

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I've looked all over the internet for help on this one.  I'm trying to install vista on my Vostro.  I had to format it because it was full of viruses.

As Vista starts to install, it reaches a point and says that no hard drive was found.

At this point I could load a driver, but I can't seem  to find out what driver that would be.  The hard drive is made by Samsung and the model is HM251JI .  

Samsung doesn't release this driver because the hard drive comes with it (apparently), but I'm assuming that it was erased during the format.

So now I'm stuck.  I tried Intel Matrix Storage Manager - Notebooks, but when I copy the driver files to a CD, vista seems to recognize it, install the drivers, but then kicks me back to the "No hard drive found screen"

I'm really stuck here, any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Have you completely reformatted the HDD?  When supplied it contains a recovery partition and bootloader for the Dell system recovery for Vista & the format of that partition may be what the Vista installer doesn't recognise.  You don't need to install SATA drivers to reconise drives in Vista it is only XP that is missing them.  Are you installing from a Dell Reinstallation DVD or the HDD?

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i'm installing from the Vista Reinstallation DVD from Dell.
Would re-partitioning the drive work?  Although I'm not sure how I would do that, when Vista won't recognize it.

Thanks for the quick reply!
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Adding a small partition should fix it
Samsung provide downloads of bootable CD images to do this prior to installing NTFS
 
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Commented:
start from the beginning : is the drive recognised in the bios? if not, it may be bad, or have a bad cable or connection.
if it is seen, you can also test it ( i believe Dell has diags on Boot up - accessable with F11 key
in general, there is no need to partition the drive before a new install

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thank you so much!  I can't believe how much time i've spent on this!  It's installing now.  Hopefully it finishes :)

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