Windows vista pc wont recognize my hard drive

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Nemo - Jan 25, 2009 at 05:55 AM
 netman1 - Mar 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM
Hello,
i am havin a problem... my brothers pc got smashed... i rebuilt the pc without a case and have it all together and it comes on when it starts up it says not able to boot from location insert a disc so i insert the original windows vista home edition that was originally on it and it wont take it cause some error... i put my other windows vista premium in it and it loads up and is ready to go but will not locate the hard drive... i tried 2 other hard drives and the same problem occured... it locates the dvd rom drive and floppy disk drive... what do i do

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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,829
Jan 25, 2009 at 09:01 PM
does the BIOS find the hard drive? You need to boot into the BIOS ( hit Del or F2 or F12 - whatever your MB requires). The BIOS must see the hard drive for Windows install to also see it. You might have a bad ribbon cable to the drive. If your hard drive is sharing the cable with the optical drive you might have both set to master or slave.
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If you are using a SATA drive it is possible that the you need to load a driver for the hard disk. See this link,
http://vistasupport.mvps.org/installing_raid_sata_drivers.htm
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