Can not install OS on my new HDD

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 terabyte (1t...
August 29, 2009 at 10:08:25
Specs: Vista Ultimate, Intel i7 920 cpu 6gb xms ddr3 ram Evga x58 mobo
I recently built a new computer from the ground up. I'm having no luck with Hdd being recognized. It shows up in the startup screens (Sata 0) and in the bios, but when I boot from cd to install Vista or XP,(I tried both) when prompted what drive to install the OS on, there are no drives recognized. I then took measures and connected the new HDD to my older computer, and it sees it with no problems. I formatted the disk, installed vista on it, and all is well. Pluged it into the new box I just made, and same thing... Bios sees it but it still says no HDD are installed. Frustrating! Any ideas? Thanks in advance...

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#1
August 29, 2009 at 10:18:47
Enter the BIOS and use the AHCI setting for your SATA hard drive.

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#2
August 29, 2009 at 11:09:48
Funny you should mention that... I just did that change, and 1st time during startup in POST screen, it didn't see anything in SATA 0, (HDD) However, I did another reboot, and it was there. Same results though. No drive detected to boot from, although it has Vista on it now, and boots from the cd fine, but no drive to select to install OS on in the Vista part of things.

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#3
August 29, 2009 at 11:31:44
Ohh, and one more thing. It seems to hang on the (c)Microsoft Corporation loading screen, the bar keeps moving, but it just stays there. LED Post code is (27) That's Setup BIOS DATA AREA. Hangs on that for 30 mins plus, so I reboot, same thing.

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#4
August 29, 2009 at 11:48:56
If you are getting to the Windows splash screen then you have passed up booting to the Vista DVD. Either you have the boot order in the BIOS set wrong, there is something wrong with your optical drive setup, or you simply are not hitting any key to boot from CD when prompted to do so.

Watch the post screens at start up to verify that ALL drives are being configured in the BIOS by both model and full drive capacity.

Trying to boot to VISTA that was installed on a different computer is going to fail. You need to start fresh.

One other thing to note. Many newer motherboards have lots of SATA ports. Not all of them are bootable. You need to read your manual to determine if this may be your problem.


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#5
August 29, 2009 at 12:07:43
Ok, for my Boot Order, it's set 1st Hard Disk, 2nd Cd Rom, 3rd Removable. My start up post screens see that sata 0 has my hdd connected, and sata 1 has my dvd drive connected. Then it pops up a JMicron header at the top, and says no disk drives detected. Then it prompts me to boot from dvd, and sits there till I hit any key. once I do, it starts reading the disk, and seems to stall once I get that loading bar with the (c)Microsoft Corporation. Acording to my Mobo manual sata 0-5 are controlled by the south bridge chipset. 8-9 are JMicron JMB363 chip 6-7 are JMicron JMB362 chip. I imagine using 0 and 1 are safe options? Does not say what ports are Bootable. Unless the previous states that. I'm new to this board.

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#6
August 29, 2009 at 12:46:06
How do you expect to boot to the Vista DVD when you have the CD drive set as the second boot device?

The message you are getting is referring to any drives connected to 6-9, which are for RAID.

Disable those controllers in the BIOS and that message should go away.

Post the full/exact model number for your board. There are multiple boards with x58. There should be a suffix after that.
When there are multiple connections for hard drives you must select which hard drive to boot to in addition to the boot selection. That will be found on a different screen.

I think your problem is you have elected to boot from a RAID device and you don't have any connected.

In order to use those RAID controllers you would need to supply a driver for them. I doubt Vista would be able to automatically configure them. That is not an issue at this time as you are not using RAID.


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#7
August 29, 2009 at 15:05:42
How do you expect to boot to the Vista DVD when you have the CD drive set as the second boot device?

I agree, I have tried a few other things, however no luck. Changed the boot sequence to 1. DVD Rom, 2. Hdd, 3. removable. Also just disabled the JMicron Sata ports.
Also put the new HDD in my lod comp and reformatted it so there is no longer an OS on it.

I have my Sata Ports set to AHCI, and resorted in trying a few other Sata ports for both my HDD and DVD Rom. 0-1, 2-3, 0-8, etc.
Seems I can almost always get the Windows disk to boot, but when it asks what drive to install, still nothing.
Excact model of my X58 says: Release Number IX58SZ2D
It's an EVGA X58


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#8
August 29, 2009 at 15:09:09
Also put the new HDD in my old** comp and reformatted it so there is no longer an OS on it.

P.S. Thanks for all the help and the speedy responses. I'm just sitting here trying diferent things over and over, haha!


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#9
August 29, 2009 at 15:23:37
Seems to be the same no matter what I've tried. Once the disk loads and it's on the "Collecting Information" portion of the install, it asks "Where do you want to install Windows"
Gives a dialog box, but it's always empty. I think I saw it with an option once. This is after you plug in the Serial Number for your copy of Vista. It started to install windows. I walked away for a few minutes, and I was prompted to put that security code in again. Seems it looped for some reason, since then no luck... All I have are options to Refresh, or Load Drivers. I've tried all the drivers I know of both from The Vista disk and the EVGA X58 disk that came with the Mobo. Nothing seems to identify the HDD.

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#10
August 29, 2009 at 15:42:42
Not sure if this helps, but on a startup repair I get this...

Startup Repair fails and reports the following problem signature:
Event Name: StartupRepair V2
Signature 01: ExternaMedia
Signature 02: 6.0.6000.16386.0.0.0.0
Signature 03: 0
Signature 04: 65537
Signature 05: unknown
Signature 06: NoHardDrive
Signature 07: 0
Signature 08: 0
Signature 09: unknown
Signature 10: 1168
OS Version: 6.0.6000.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033


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#11
August 29, 2009 at 17:12:31
I can't advise you how to set your BIOS settings if you don't answer my questions. I asked you up in #6 above. Below are the choices. Below that is the link those came from.

EVGA Support Manual for EVGA X58 Classified
141-BL-E759, 141-BL-E760, 141-BL-E761
manual - visual guide

EVGA Support Manual for EVGA X58 SLI
132-BL-E758 - manual - visual guide

EVGA Support Manual for EVGA X58 LE
141-BL-E757 - manual - visual guide

EVGA Support Manual for EVGA X58 Micro
121-BL-E756 - manual - visual guide

http://www.evga.com/support/manuals/


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#12
August 29, 2009 at 18:09:20
EVGA Support Manual for EVGA X58 SLI
132-BL-E758 - manual - visual guide
That would be mine...

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#13
August 29, 2009 at 19:29:32
OK here is what I recommend you do.

In Standard CMOS features:
Set SATA 0 & 1 to Auto


In Advanced BIOS features:
Choose the boot drive by model.
Set the SATA mode to SATA.
Set the boot order to boot to the CD and choose the correct CD drive.

Integrated Peripherals Menu
Onchip PATA/SATA Device
SATA Mode – SATA
Legacy mode support – Disabled
JMB362 – Disable
JMB363 – Disable

Be sure you don’t have any sharp bends in the SATA data cables.

Go to the link below and follow the instructions for installing Vista. If the drive is not found, as you described, then you may need to supply the drivers for the South Bridge. Those are on the motherboard manual.

You could set the drive to IDE but the drive will run slower that way. You are better off using SATA.

I recommend you perform a clean install of Vista and partition the hard drive. Make a primary partition of about 30GB for Vista and a couple of core programs.

Second partition size depends on how many programs you have.

Third partition is for personal files like pictures, music, etc.

Additional partitions as needed for additional OSes for example.


http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/c...


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#14
August 29, 2009 at 20:44:13
Couple issues with that...

In Advanced BIOS features:
Choose the boot drive by model.
Set the SATA mode to SATA.
Set the boot order to boot to the CD and choose the correct CD drive.

I have no options to set Sata to Sata in Advanced BIOS Features.

Integrated Peripherals Menu
Onchip PATA/SATA Device
SATA Mode – SATA
Legacy mode support – Disabled
JMB362 – Disable
JMB363 – Disable

SATA Mode options are only IDE, RAID, AHCI...

No SATA option.

Sorry again to plague you with this, but you've been a great help!


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#15
August 29, 2009 at 21:09:13
In Advanced BIOS features:
Choose the boot drive by model.
Set the boot order to boot to the CD and choose the correct CD drive.

As far as "SATA Mode options are only IDE, RAID, AHCI"

You are correct. Set to AHCI.

One thing I forgot to mention. Many users have been having trouble installing WinXP and Vista to partitions 1TB or larger. As I stated above I recommend you use multiple partitions. Doing that allows imaging of each partition separately. That makes things manageable and also saves you from having to image 1TB of data when only a fraction of it may have changed since the lasta image.

If you restore an image of any partition it doesn't affect the remaining partitions to any great degree. For example, imaging your OS partition of say 18GB on a 30GB partition will only use at most 4 DVDR single layer disks. Restoring that image to the C partition will allow all your programs on the D partition to run OK without re-installing them. Your personal data doesn't even need to be imaged, just backed up somewhere. You won't compress MP3 or JPG much more than they are anyway.

Look at the link below for more on partitioning strategies.

http://radified.com/index2.html


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#16
August 29, 2009 at 21:43:39
One thing I forgot to mention. Many users have been having trouble installing WinXP and Vista to partitions 1TB or larger. As I stated above I recommend you use multiple partitions.

Understood, however, I'm stuck as how to partition a drive in a computer that doesn't recognize it has a drive...
I'm going to give it another shot tomorrow. Thanks a bunch... talk soon...


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#17
August 30, 2009 at 06:10:30
Seagate should have a utility to prep the drive.

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#18
August 30, 2009 at 13:54:16
Well, I installed Seagate Disk Wizard, on my older computer, put that new 1TB drive in it as a secondary drive. Ran the new disk setup option which allowed me to partition the new HDD. All this seemed to work well, created 3 partitions. 1. 30GB (Primary) so it was "bootable" 2. 250GB 3. 660 GB
Installed the new HDD in the new computer, same results. No disk drive recognized by the Vista setup. Bios still reads everything well, so I'm sure it's not a Sata port or cable option.

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#19
August 30, 2009 at 14:24:25
I also installed all the possible drivers I could find for the South Bridge Chipset = ICH10R from the disk supplied with the Mobo. I get a caution sign at the bottom of the dialog box that states "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for the installation."

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#20
August 30, 2009 at 15:17:14
I've really been reluctant to make this post. Why? Don't know why what happened to me worked or if it would work again. Basically, I chocked it up to dumb luck. My circumstances mirrored yours except I was using a MSI/X58. My intent was to dual boot XP/Pro&Linux. The XP/sp3 wouldn't load, no drive. I eventually gave up and decided to load Linux, I inadvertantly grabbed the same XP cd with no service packs slipstreamed, and it loaded. Yes, I had a 1TB drive that showed 127gb. I then inserted the XP/sp3 cd, rebooted.....ching. Why? Not a clue.

It's the trees moving that makes the wind blow


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#21
August 30, 2009 at 15:42:29
Did you just partition, or also format?

Do you have a floppy drive? If so, boot to a Windows boot floppy that contains Fdisk64. View the partitions and then mark the primary partition as Active. Then exit fdisk.

How do you have the drive configured in the BIOS? SATA or AHCI?

What service packs are integrated, if any, on your Vista DVD?


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#22
August 30, 2009 at 21:02:04
I did a format as well as a partition. No, sorry, no floppy drive to use. Can I use a usb storage device? The drive is set to ahci in the bios. I have no sata options. Not sure what service packs are integrated means exactly. But I also tried it with a winxp sp2 disk.

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#23
August 31, 2009 at 00:09:44
Do you have another SATA data cable to try? Do not fold the cable tightly either.

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#24
September 1, 2009 at 06:10:52
Yup, I can give that a try.

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#25
September 1, 2009 at 08:55:20
The disk you have with WinXP SP2 means that SP2 is integrated into the files on that disk.

The reason I asked is because Original WinXP (no SPs) can't handle drives larger than 127GB. All the versions after that can.


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#26
September 2, 2009 at 15:34:30
Well, well! Something THAT minor can be so major! All it was, was that brand new Sata cable, tried another and it recognized the drive and all it's partitions. A thousand thank you's!!! Super cool of you to help me all this way, I learned alot!

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#27
September 2, 2009 at 15:42:25
No problem. I just learned about the SATA cables a couple of months ago. Just as you can ruin the throughput on coaxial cable you can with SATA data cables. Folding them too tightly can inhibit the data stream. Unfolding a tight fold usually does the trick with SATA. Coaxial can be ruined if kinked.

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#28
September 4, 2009 at 20:42:35
Thanks again, however, always more to fix, lol! Now that it's all setup and running, I can't seem to activate my Vista Ultimate. It says it's already in use. I read somewhere that I have to completely format my original version from my old computer, but that story seems to have holes... What if my other hdd was fried?

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#29
September 5, 2009 at 08:08:23
So you are saying you had previously activated Vista on a different computer? Maybe I just forgot something from above. If you already activated and Vista is now booting OK then I don't think you need to do anything unless you are getting prompts to activate. If you are then you may need to make a call to MS to straighten things out.

I reviewed and see where you installed Vista while the drive was in another computer. You shouldn't have activated it at that time but evidently you did. Call MS and explain.


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#30
September 5, 2009 at 17:36:08
2 seperate computers. My old comp had the version I purchased activated. Now I'm getting rid of it, and want to use that o/s I bought in this new comp. Is that allowed? If so, do I need to contact them?

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#31
September 5, 2009 at 20:14:10
Normally you can't use an OEM limited license in a new custom built computer. The motherboard is what the OS looks for. Changing the motherboard normally will run a flag up the pole, so to speak.

Am I understanding what you are working with? You had a Dell, Acer, eMachine, etc computer and you are attemping to use that version of Vista?


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