I just built a new PC but the BIOS won't read the SATA hard drive.
Sequence of events:
1) Tried to install Windows 7
2) Got to the partition screen and the hard drive shows up.
3) I go to Advanced -> New Partition
4) I get a loading cursor for 30 seconds and the hard drive disappears! I click "refresh" but there are no hard drives/partitions/nothing!
5) I check in BIOS and the hard drive is not there as well... tried IDE mode as well.
6) I have a DVD SATA drive that's being recognized by BIOS so I try swapping the SATA cables and ports that they're connected to... no luck.
7) I install the hard drive into an external enclosure. My other computer reads it but I get an error "unable to format" when I try to do so. I see that there are 2 partitions: (a) 100MB "RAW" format and (b) 940GB unallocated space.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
(Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
(Purchased For $169.99)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case
($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
(Purchased For $49.99)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
($16.99 @ Newegg)