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Thread: GA-EP45-UD3R (Vista Cant Recognize HDD)

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    Default GA-EP45-UD3R (Vista Cant Recognize HDD)

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz 3MB LGA775 BOX
    SEAGATE ST3500418AS
    Antec EARTHWATTS EA-650

    This is my first time to build/install my computer and im having trouble installing vista into my HDD. For some reason its telling me that it cant located my HDD. I managed to Format it through the command prompt last night
    The HDD is recognized in the bios

    I have plugged the HD to the first intel (Yellow ) Port (Sata Port 0) and my CD/DVD Drive is connected to an IDE (JRibbon Cable) Green Port

    In the Integrated Peripherals

    INtel Yellow Controller
    Sata Raid/AHCI Mode: Disabled
    Sata Port 0-3 Native mode: Enabled

    Onboard Sata/IDE Device: Enabled
    Onboard Sata/IDE Ctrl Mode: IDE

    Again the Bios sees the HDD and when booting the OS i can see the HD when i go to the repair feature but it wont recognize the HD when it gets to the select HD part of the Vista Download.

    What am i overlooking?
    do i need to do something with the Harddrive, or is it a Bios setting problem?

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    Nov 2008

    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R (Vista Cant Recognize HDD)

    AHCI is enabled, that's your problem, you don't have AHCI drivers to make Vista recognize your HDD. Install your OS in Legacy IDE mode, just disable AHCI.

    Enabling AHCI after you have your SO installed, you should download Intel Matrix Storage Manager, install it, and reboot with AHCI enabled at Bios, Vista will boot without issues.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R (Vista Cant Recognize HDD)

    Im sorry im not following here:
    You just told me that i have my AHCI Enabled.

    But how did you know that AHCI is enable and where do i just enable Legacy IDE mode?

    Integrated Peripherals

    Sata Raid/AHCI mode Disabled
    Sata Port 0-3 Native Enabled
    USB Controller Enabled
    USB 2.0 Controller Enabled
    USB Keyboard Support Enabled
    USB Mouse Support Disabled
    Legacy USB Storage Detect Enabled
    Azalia Codec Auto
    Onboard H/W 1394 Enabled
    Onboard H/W LAN Enabled
    Green Lan Disabled
    SMART LAN Press Enter
    Onboard Lan Boot Rom Disabled
    Onboard SATA/IDE Device Enabled
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (IDE)
    Onboard Serial Port 1 3F8/IRQ4
    Onboard Parallel Port 378/IRQ7
    Parallel Port Mode SPP

    Also when i go to repairs when running Vista, it locates my HDD, but the only problem is at the point where i have to select a HDD to install it doesnt show up.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R (Vista Cant Recognize HDD)

    Tried Disabling
    Sata Port 0-3 Native
    and vista still doesnt recognize the HDD

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