Ok, on my system I have Advanced->Drive Config ad the settings there are
ATA/IDE Mode: Native (this can't be changed)
Config SATA as: AHCI
SATA Port 0: SAMSUNG HD501LJ
SATA Port 1: (my DVD drive)
all other SATA ports: Not installed
Hard Disk pre-Delay: 0
Under Boot I have
Boot Menu Type: Normal
HD Order: P0 Samsung HD501
CD/DVD-ROM Boot Order: (my DVD)
All other boot types are disabled.
The only other entry that I'm not sure is irrelevant (such as ZIP Emulation Type: Floppy) is
UEFI boot: disabled.
but the problem persists.
Thanks for this help by the way.
The bios setting is now correct. I'd like to suggest that hdd be connected to sata port 1 and dvd to sata port 0. BTW, your hdd is recognized by the bios and that's good news. Try again to install the os. if still you have the problem, you can connect the hdd in another computer with windows running using an external enclosure. Use Disk management to partition and format your hdd in NTFS format. Once this is done place it back to your DX58SO system and try installing the os.
Hmm. I've already had the DVD and HD in the configuration you suggest and the disk is already formatted as NTFS - or it was when I took it out of my other computer. I suppose it's possible it has become unformatted in some way what with the XP32 installer having a go at formatting it. I'm not sure what you mean by an "external enclosure".
I will put the disk back in my working machine and check that it is formatted. But that won't be until tomorrow now.
Thanks again for your help so far!
The hdd must be partitioned and formatted without any OS installed. When the vista installer is running does it asked you where it should be installed? And a partition is displayed? If a partition is displayed select it and delete it and let vista repartiton it before proceeding with the installation of the os.
An external enclosure is a box where you place your hdd. You connect the enclosure using usb or esata cable depending on the type of enclosure that you have to your computer externally. In short it is just an external drive.
I've swapped the drives around so that the DVD is on Port 0 and the HD on Port 1, and I have formatted the drive as NTFS using Vista on my other computer. The disk is still "not detected" at boot.
In answer to your question, the Vista installer asks me where I want to install Windows. It shows me a window that should contain a list of available drives but it is empty. There is a warning symbol at the bottom of the window saying "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation".
I'm having similar issues on a DX58SO system using Windows 7-64bit with
all the latest driver updates; with a Seagate 500MB primary drive and a
second Seagate 1 TB data drive.
The BIOS registers both HDDs accurately. However, everytime I start up and login,
I have to go to "Device Manager" and scan for new hardware
to the Disk drives the second HDD. It adds the new device and everything
works fine but I have to perform the "scan" everytime!
It almost seems to treat it like an external device.
I've performed the same thing with another Maxtor SATA HDD with same results.
This is all new hardware so I'm not sure what could be causing this.
Any ideas are appreciated.
This drive has some issues as discussed by owners in other forum websites. Some of the solutions which you might try are the following:
1. Try using a different sata port. It could be port 2, 3, and so on. This is to insure that it's not the mobo's port.
2. Try using flash drive installation or if your OS is burned to cd/dvd from an iso image burn it at a lower speed.
3. Try setting bios to IDE mode instead of AHCI or raid.
4. You might also try loading a scsi/AHCI driver when installing the OS. This is explained by samsung in their website as the reason why the drive could not be found.
5. Update your bios.
There others out there, so its better to find them and explore.
Thanks Boyet. I have marked your last post as the correct answer because it contains a suggestion that solved my problem. The answer appears to be "Don't use the Samsung disk". I swapped it for a Velociraptor and the Vista installer worked first time. FWIW the Marvell controller still says "No disk is detected" but Vista is installed. Also, I contacted Samsung tech support and they were useless - they didn't even read what I said and sent me the bog-standard "check your cables" reply.