I've recently put together a computer for my friend. Everything went smoothly until I went to go install Windows (XP) on it. The installer loads, but it gives me the message that there is no hard disk decected to install Windows on. The SATA isn't detected. His motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI, and the SATA hard drive is a Western Digital WD800JD. I know all the other hardware works because I lent him my ATA hard drive and installed Windows real fast so he could use his new system.
The hard drive itself didn't come with any manuals or a floppy with drivers on it. I've looked on WD's website and found THESE
with various tools and such for the hard disk. What I don't understand is that it seems all the things on that page are just utilities for making the hard disk become recognized within Windows after it is already installed.
This is my first SATA installation, so I have no experience with this kind of situation. I thank anyone for your help!
EDIT: Here are the full system specs, just incase it helps..
Gigabye GA-K8N Pro-SLI
AMD Athlon 64 (Venice) 3000+
2x 512mb Patriot Signiture Series
Rosewill PCI-E 6600gt
Aspire 550w 24pin PSU
And all of this inside a nice Lanboy Case