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  1. #1
    Member DexterPC's Avatar
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    Jan 2007

    Default Windows7 does not find hard drive during installation. BIOS does recognize.

    Can not install windows 7

    Windows 7 does not find hard drive during installation.
    BIOS does recognize.

    Things I did:
    Replaced 3 hard drivers (WD, Seagate, Toshiba ).

    Tried loading manufactures motherboard drivers
    (downloaded and extracted with 7-zip)
    Silicon ImageŽ SiI 3132 SATALink Controller Driver
    IntelŽ Chipset Software Installation Utility
    SATA Driver Intel Ver.
    This package supports the following driver models:
    Intel(R) 82801FR SATA AHCI Controller
    Intel(R) 82801FBM SATA AHCI Controller
    Intel(R) 82801GR/GH SATA AHCI Controller
    Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller
    Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB SATA AHCI Controller
    Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO SATA AHCI Controller
    Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller
    Intel(R) 82801HEM SATA RAID Controller
    Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO SATA RAID Controller
    Intel(R) 82801GHM SATA RAID Controller
    Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB SATA RAID Controller
    Intel(R) 82801GR/GH SATA RAID Controller
    Intel(R) 82801FR SATA RAID Controller
    got it from (SATA Driver Intel - CNET

    Then, reset BIOS (took out cmos battery, it did reset.)

    Still windows 7 does not find hard drive.

    Tried installing 32 & 64:
    vista, windows7 - can not find hard drive.
    Linux (ubunutu, fedora) - never loads to live session or to installation (even with tweaks)
    HIren's tool: mini WindowsXP loads fine.

    Original laptop came with windows vista, I did fresh windows7 install when it came out (+-5 years ago), then it found original (Hitachi) hard drive with no problems, + ubuntu no problem (1 year ago).

    Tested whole laptop (MRI Geek squad). Everything pass.

    Doing everything with CDs/DVDs.

    Did format hard drives on separate computers, hoping will recognize partitions, still nothing.

    Sony laptop Model # VGN-FE880E
    manufactures link (Sony eSupport - VGN-FE880E - Support)

    Running out of ideas, coming to conclusion motherboard is bad.
    Information is to share not just erase and burn

    Switching from Windows to Linux same as starting from 1 grade all the why to the 12 grade.

  2. #2
    Member Spyware Fighter zep516's Avatar
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    Dec 2005
    Pittsburgh, Pa


    Maybe there is something here,

    Some older systems will not recognize newer, higher capacity drives. In this case please follow the instructions below.

    Some older system BIOS will not

    Installation Note: Some laptop models have a hard drive connector which connects the hard drive to the laptop. In this case you will need to remove the connector off the drive you are replacing and attach it to this drive.

    Best I could offer!