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Hard Drive not being detected.

November 16, 2012 at 03:09:05
Specs: Windows 7

I just built a new setup
M5A99X EVO
AMD FX 8150
RAM 8GB corsair dominator platinum pci 1866(x2)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
HDD 320gb western digital blue caviar

I tried installing Windows 7 and everything went normal but when the installation finish and the system reboots my HDD stops working and it doesn't boot up. I get to the screen "Windows is Starting" and after i just get a Black screen.

My HDD is connected properly to the SATA 6gb transfer port

The bios randomly shows my HDD but sometimes it doesn't, right now i'm the installation screen and it says that my HDD haves 0.0mb of space.
This is the second HDD that ***** up.


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#1
November 16, 2012 at 05:27:21

Possibly. Probably not.
Try a different SATA signal cable and a different power plug to your hard drive and make sure that the signal cable clicks onto the drive and the motherboard.

Check your BIOS to make sure that the hard drive is a bootable device and that the hard drive is on the boot order, just after your optical drive.

Check your hard drive with a bootable version of WD hard drive utility that you can burn to a CD.

Check your memory with a bootable CD with Memtest on it. A bad memory stick can cause all kinds of errors that could make you believe that the hard drive is bad.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
November 16, 2012 at 06:00:37

Please list the make/model of your power supply. Also, which version of Win7 are you installing? Have you manually configured the BIOS, especially the memory settings? Did you test the memory with memtest86 or memtest86+ before attempting to install Windows? And why DDR3-1866, do you plan on overclocking?


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#3
November 16, 2012 at 09:41:10

@riider the power supply is a coolermaster 850w silent pro m.
The version of Win7 it's ultimate 64bits since it's a new system i can't log in to any kind of OS, it's new HDD too.
No, no plans in overclocking the ram.

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