Originally Posted by SingingSabre
I tried changing the SATA controller in the BIOS, but as this is already an x86 machine (hackintosh).
I'll check out Gparted, that looks cool!
If you can see the HD in the BIOS screens, then it may be formatted NTFS which Mac OSX can't see natively. First, check to see if the hard-drive is seen at the hardware level:
1. run System Profiler
2. go down to ATA if your controller is set to IDE-compatible mode, or
3. go down to Serial-ATA if controller if set to AHCI mode.
Does the drive appear in either location? If so, it's OK at the hardware level, you just need an NTFS driver to see the Windows volume. Download and install NTFS-3G
and you'll be able to see NTFS drives.
All that is a lot of work if you're going to be dual-booting with Win7 on that disk. Just boot from the Win7 installer CD and pick that drive to format and install Win7 onto. Be sure to pick the right drive!!! As a safety measure, you may want to remove your current OSX boot-drive and set that aside.
How were you planning on selecting which drive to boot from? From flipping a BIOS setting? That's a pain the a**. A great tool is the Chameleon BootLoader
. It lets you pick a boot on the fly at each boot. You can pick a CD, usb, different drives or even different partitions on a single-drive computer.