01-21-2010 04:47 PM - edited 01-21-2010 06:15 PM
I purchased this drive to go into my new system and I want to do a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit. It's the only drive in the system for now so RAID isn't necessary The Win7 installation says "no drivers found that match your hardware" and my research has led me to the fact that Win7 64-bit requires a digitally signed driver but I cannot find any on the Seagate or Microsoft website. Anyone know of how to get a hold of one or a workaround to get this install to progress? Thanks.
01-22-2010 01:40 PM
Hello Nizz, Welcome.
I find that error message quite peculiar! Windows Doesnt require any third party drivers for your device, and windows 7 of all the windows versions, especially shouldnt.
Are you certain it is complaining about your hardrive?
At what point in the installation does it lodge this complaint?
I'm going to read into this a bit more, but what you COULD try for starters, is fiddling around some specific BIOS settings.
NAmely SATA ACHI / NATIVE SATA mode / the access methods the bios uses to communicate with the HDDs.
Also, change that SATA OPERATION MODE in bios from Enhanced - to Compatible, if you see that.
Try the different settings under the relevant section related to your the way your PC access your HDD.
01-25-2010 06:54 AM
01-27-2010 02:44 PM
Hey guys! Thanks for the help.
I did google for similar install problems and everything just said get a signed digital driver for the drive but I could never find one on seagate.com (drive), microsoft.com (os), or gigabyte.us (neither site or mobo install disk). The Win7 installation would copy setup files and once it got to the point of choosing a drive to install to it would say no drivers found matching the drive and there was no drive to even to choose from.
Eventually I did get to install Win7 64-bit by doing a minimal install with my old WinXP 32-bit Full disk, rebooted with the Win7 install disk and it found the drive with no problem, formatted the drive, and completed the full Win7 64-bit clean install and I haven't had any problems since. Maybe this trick will help someone else with a similar issue.
03-21-2010 04:06 AM
Not sure which board you have, but this is these are the sata drivers for this example, note there are two, the top one is for existing O/S, and the one below is a floppy pre install one for fresh O/S, I've linked it so you know what you are looking for should you need it again, if your board has the driver listed for it at Gigabyte, download the existing O/S driver and load it onto C: it'll make things run a whole lot better, but only if you need one and there is one listed, iirc it seems to depend on if you are raid capable, anyway here it is.....
04-17-2010 12:06 PM - edited 04-17-2010 12:08 PM
Thank you so much, that solved my problem. I had the same problem, I couldn't see the hard drive but i could detect it with my BIOS... I tried to install Windows Vista, but same problem as Windows 7... Then I installed Windows XP and I could FINALLY see the Hard drive in the installation and then it worked with Windows 7!
I think the problem only happens when there is no partition at all on the hard drive, but once there is at least one partition (not in raid) you will see the hard drive. My barraduda was last formated to be in raid, that was maybe the reason of the problem...