Windows install not recognize hard drive tray
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June 7, 2012, 08:29 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
My System Specs
maybe AHCI issue?
Like the energizer bunny...
Allright, appreciate the help. Big time. Couldn't have been an issue w/XP because my game hard drive is XP (SP3), I'm using it now after the ol' maxtor that came w/this rig suddenly died, probably due to imaging and cloning experimentation lately. Really close call but luckily I got all the data off it right before.
All channels are set to native IDE but here's the thing: if my XP drive uses IDE then I want to install 7 Pro 64b on this newer drive using IDE so I don't have to change anything when I pop in a different drive.
Tried installing 7 & it doesn't recognize any drive and apparently wants AHCI driver so I dl that and can put it on usb drive. But I don't understand why 7 disc doesn't just install the normal driver and continue. The drive tray is simply a physical connection. GB instructions tell me for ahci driver "pre-install" in bios to set: fail safe defaults, optimized defaults (& onchip sata type to ahci), and cable the drive to port 0, optical to port 4. Optical is an IDE.
Q - Does it matter which port the hard drive is on? I figure Bios's are pretty smart nowadays. The problem with no post was only when doing an install, and using the tray. I only have one drive in at a time, in the tray. Normally. If I can get the 7 install disc to recognize the new samsung - in the tray or on another cable/port I think it'll function in the tray after installation. I'll try the other port/cables and see.
Thanks for the interest people, it must something about the install process, obviously.
My System Specs
Phen II X2 550 3.1
GeiL Black Dragon 2GB DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500), at 5-5-5-15
various: WD Caviar SE (WD3200AAJS, SataII, 7200, 8 MB), Maxtor Diamondmax 10 (320 GB, Sata - 7200, 16MB), some older IDEs.
400 watt Corsair
currently: CM HAF 922 RC-922M
Sata DVD-RW & a 52x CD-ROM
multiple: 7 prem, 7 home, XP pro, Linux Mint
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