Installing Windows (No Hard Drive detected)

Gigabyte mother board / H61m-s2pv
December 13, 2014 at 23:40:36
Specs: Windows / Linux, Celeron G1600 2 Duo
I have a Gigabyte H61m-s2pv Mother board fitted with a 8 gigabyte RAM and a 500 Gigabyte Seagate HDD. My problem is if i try to install any Operating System, it will come up the screen where I must select the hard drive to install, but does not show any hard drive and if it does does not allow me to format or partition the drive.

At first i thought it was the hard drive then i changed the hard drives and the problem is still the same.

I am currently using live usb for my computing (Linux Mint) and desperately need to install an OS on the Machine.


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#1
December 14, 2014 at 01:45:16
Having tried two different drives I guess it's unlikely both are bad. So it's probably a bios setting or bad connection. Is the drive seen in bios setup? Maybe the controller it's attached to is disabled. Check the motherboard manual if you're not sure how to set it up.

You said that 'any' operating system will not install. Which ones have you tried? The drive is probably SATA which XP won't recognize unless it's configured in IDE mode (or whatever it's called for your motherboard) or external drivers are installed.


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#2
December 14, 2014 at 10:12:11
I would tend to agree with DAVEINCAPS, likely the controller is not enabled, or the sata controller. If you can see the hard drive in the bios setting it is being detected atleast by the bios. If the hard drive is not visible in the bios, try enabling the controller, restart and see if it is picked up. If windows fails to pick up the hard drive it can be the sata controller and as stated above, some older operating systems work best with Ide/legacy setting, while new ones tend to work fine with AHCI. If all this fails to resolve the hard drive and windows is asking for a driver before it will install, there are in fact drivers for the pre-install available from the website. You download the driver to a usb or burn a cd, and direct Windows to the driver. The latter is pain, but sometimes must be done. Here's is the link, you are looking for Intel Sata preinstall driver for whatever operating system you are trying. Here I selected Windows 8, but select the correct operating system you are trying.
The Link
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...

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#3
December 14, 2014 at 19:05:42
First make sure that your hard drive is plugged into one of the first SATA connectors, usually SATA0 or SATA1 on the motherboard. If it is an IDE (PATA) drive you must configure the jumper on the drive to Master (do not use slave for your OS drive and avoid the one that makes it designated by the connector)
Go into BIOS set up and make sure that your hard drive is listed and that it is designated as Bootable, then go to the boot order list and make the DVD drive first in the boot order with the hard drive as second. Save changes and exit.
If the drive does not show up in the BIOS set up, try a different SATA (or IDE) cable as well as a different power connector. If this does not help and you already tried another hard drive, then your motherboard's controller is probably bad.

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#4
December 17, 2014 at 19:23:07
It's probably best to go to the gigabyte support page for your motherboard for any needed drivers. This 'find your drivers' software often leads to junk or pay sites.

Of course that's when, or if, you get this hard drive thing fixed.


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#5
December 17, 2014 at 20:17:01
Agreed, avoid any site that will find your drivers for you. You should only get drivers from the actual system or component mfg's sites.

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