Hi I have just installed a new mobo, after a week of problems with the new mobo and a replacement from PCW, but I cannot get it to recognise my HDD. I get the screen which says apologies etc, but windows failed to start properly etc etc and please select a start up option. I chose to start in safe mode, and the other three options, but it seems to be in a loop as it comes back to the same screen again and again. Do I have to format and start from scratch or am I missing something? I can't even load the drivers for the mobo as I can't get anywhere.
just read in Micro Mart that some motherboards are shipping with the Raid set as enabled, if there is only one drive, it is getting stuck in a loop looking for the second drive. it might be that yours is one such mobo.
goto the bios and look for the raid settings, set it to DISABLED, save, reset and try again.
this of course is only if bremner's advice is wrong (which i doubt) but it is another line to follow and one to try before you format and re-install. (personally i agree with bremner and think its a windows problem) i had the same sort of issue when i upgraded mobo/proc/mem.