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Old September 12, 2012, 06:33 AM
perfectblue perfectblue is offline
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Default New Asrock z77 Extreme4 Not Detecting HDD to Install Windows 7

  • i5 3750k
  • Asrock z77 extreme4
  • 8 gigs ddr3 ripjaw gskill
  • nvidia gtx 260
  • Antec 650w
  • Windows 7 64 bit
  • Hard drives attempting to use for new install: Western Digital X2, Seagate

Problem I am having is hard drives I plug into the Asrock z77 are not showing up in Windows 7 install. When I first unpackaged the computer, I attempted to use an old Western Digital hard drive from my previous Q9550/EVGA 780i system. I was unaware that hard drives from another chip set install probably wont boot into windows. So I foolishly I attempted to boot into windows right after I assembled the new i5 computer with a old hard drive from a Q9550 system. Not sure if this might be part of the problem, but I figured I would mention it. Motherboard is in AHCI mode.

The hard drive showed up in BIOS but did not show up "Where do you want to install windows". Neither did my other hard drives ( another Western Digital & Seagate). However, if I take any of these hard drives and put them back into my old Q9550/EVGA 780i and put in the Windows 7 install CD, they will show up in the box of drives available. In other words, all hard drives are showing up to install windows 7 on in my old q9550/evga 780i system, but none of the drives are showing up in my new Asrockz77.

Hard drive showing up in Asrock Z77 bios:

When I try to install windows 7 to a hard drive it does not show up

Here is the SAME hard drive put back into my old q9550/evga 780i system. It shows up.

All hard drives show up in the q9550/evga 780i, none of them show up in the Asrock z77

  • Changing sata cables in case ones I were using were faulty.
  • Trying different sata ports
  • Upgraded to latest Board BIOS
  • One stick of RAM at a time
  • Diskpart: tried disk part command, then disk list and it displays "no fixed disk to show"

I am insuring that only a single HDD and CD are plugged into the sata ports at a time. They are both plugged into Intel sata controller ports, not the Asmedia ones as confirmed by this screen shot and video. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Review [HD] - YouTube

Never encountered an issue like this before and its really pulling my hair out.Thanks in advance

Last edited by perfectblue; September 12, 2012 at 07:37 AM.
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