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    Default fresh install of windows 7 x64 on 14r(n4010)

    it cant see the primary drive. is there a sata driver i can use? looks like the disc i have does not have the drivers.

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    Default Re: fresh install of windows 7 x64 on 14r(n4010)

    Windows 7 shouldn't need the F6 SATA driver. Are you sure your drive is functional?
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    Default Re: fresh install of windows 7 x64 on 14r(n4010)

    Understandable if its XP but Windows 7 should have the basic SATA drivers to get running. Does the BIOS recognise you have a HDD at all?
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    Default Re: fresh install of windows 7 x64 on 14r(n4010)

    Try reset bios to default, then at least there should be no issues, As far as I know, about finding the harddrive.

    And please specify what you mean about the disc(disk?) not having(finding?) any drivers...

    If all this is regarding installing/reinstalling windows, and you are questioning about F6 during install/reinstall, ignore it, and continue without worries.

    Maybe I should start the problemsolving; WHERE is it that you can't find the [unknown] (-disc/disk/drive)
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    Default Re: fresh install of windows 7 x64 on 14r(n4010)

    the drives arent showing up during the install. it will prompt me to install sata drivers , i loaded the ones from the dell website and non of them are compatible but they are for this model.

    both drives were detected in the bios and i'm able to format them with other software but they dont show up during the installl for windows.

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    Default Re: fresh install of windows 7 x64 on 14r(n4010)

    Quote Originally Posted by einhander View Post
    the drives arent showing up during the install. it will prompt me to install sata drivers , i loaded the ones from the dell website and non of them are compatible but they are for this model.

    both drives were detected in the bios and i'm able to format them with other software but they dont show up during the installl for windows.
    Ok, cool.
    If you go into BIOS, under SATA Operation (something like that), I believe there are two options of selecting either ATA or AHCI. Choose to activate ATA, instead of AHCI. This should perhaps solve the issue of not finding the drive.
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    Default Re: fresh install of windows 7 x64 on 14r(n4010)

    Being a little quick on the post there...
    Here is info about AHCI: Intel AHCI

    And here is infact a AHCI F6-Driver that you requested.

    I hope the latter one will actually give you a break, and be able to run windoze WITH AHCI. I know your pain. I had the same difficulty with my installment of Windoze7 at one point.
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