Mobo doesn't detect Hard drive

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September 22, 2009 at 11:02:23
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I installed windows 7 on my computer without major problems, then accidentally screwed it up installing ubuntu. The first time I tried to start my computer in w7 it worked, but since then it hasn't been able to detect my hard drive as boot media. Strange thing is that when I put in the Ubuntu CD it can detect a 990Gb media, but windows 7 installer doesn't. I tried overwriting the entire drive with Ubuntu, but it still won't boot. At this point I'm not concerned with data recovery, just making my computer boot again.
The SATA cables are properly connected, just switched for new ones, the BIOS is the most recent available, I don't know what else to try.

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+
Hard Drive: Hitachi 1Tb Deskstar
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 9600 gt
DVD Drive: Atapi iHAP222 9 06

I'm kind of a noob to computer building and maintenance so if responses can be a bit dumbed down it would be appreciated. Otherwise I have google on my side.


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#1
September 22, 2009 at 11:07:33
a dumb question:

did you install ubuntu on the partition with linux ?

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#2
September 22, 2009 at 11:42:12
I first installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 7, then when my computer wouldn't boot, I installed Ubuntu OVER the whole thing. Told it to use the entire drive.
After it finished installing it told me to restart, then couldn't boot because it didn't see the hard drive.

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#3
September 22, 2009 at 11:44:54
if you haven`t any important data there, format it and start from a stratch

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#4
September 22, 2009 at 12:09:34
How can I format it from the BIOS? Or without any OS? (Again, kind of a computer noob)
(Especially since the Mobo can't see it)

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#5
September 22, 2009 at 12:10:53
can you boot from windows 7 cd ???

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#6
September 22, 2009 at 12:19:49
No. While Ubuntu detects 990Gb media, Windows detects no such drive. It sees nothing.

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#7
September 22, 2009 at 12:30:44
download EASEUS from here

read the instructions from here

and boot from the cd

format the partititon with ntfs

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#8
September 22, 2009 at 12:57:18
I haven't any experience with any Linux versions that you install. That said, I would guess you would need to have SATA controller drivers either built into the Linux OS or provide them at the beginning of the install.

You can use the disk preparation utility from the manufacturer of the drive to repartition the drive and make ready for any OSes.


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#9
September 22, 2009 at 14:50:33
I tried the Ultimate Boot CD to find the drive and wipe it, but none of the tools it provided can locate the drive. I checked it and it's warm, so it's been running, which means the power isn't the problem. Is there any other solution to this? The only thing to have detected the drive thus far is the Ubuntu try-it-from-disc partitioner.

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#10
September 22, 2009 at 22:34:58
can you delete the partitions with try-it-from-disc partitioner ?

if so, do it

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