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Dell inspiron 1721 hard drive not recognized for Vista reinstall

\015 Dell inspiron 1721 I whiped the hard drive and tried to reinstall Vista but Vista doesn't see the hard drive to install the OS on. The bios sees the hard drive. Tried to install the drivers from a USB stick but the files aren't there when I hit search. Please help!\015

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Ok, theres a small issue with the raid controller. You have to install a 3rd party raid driver (its on the dell cd) to continue, OR, you can set that BIOS's hard drive controls to ATA or LEGACY (legacy would likely work best, but youd have no 'raid' functions, but who sets up raid drives on a notebook?). Your last option is use the dell discs to restore, and inssert the windws disc when prompted
Press F2 on startup. Once in setup, scroll down to 'on board devices' then to 'SATA operation'. The factory setting for 1721 is 'RAID on', switch it to 'RAID auto / ATA'.

If you don't want to mess with these settings and you're getting a 'no bootable device' message upon start-up, you can try pressing F12 to choose a device to boot from manually. Choose the HDD of course.
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