He obviously did not format the drives in Vista since he can not get Vista
up and running !
No one has suggested the following - so - here goes ....
Download the Vista SATA drivers from WD and install on floppy, CD, etc.
Press the good old F8 key during initial Vista installation and run the
media, on which, the drivers were installed.
The results should (?) net the installed volumes to choose from when the O/S
installer asks for them.
Worth a shot ...... no ? ..... John.
"John Barnes" <jbarnes@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Format in Vista install uses the quick format
> <chuckles_the_scary_clown@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> I've just taken delivery of a Dell 9200 quad-core system.
>> I've taken the hard drive out and replaced it with 2 x 320gb Western
>> Digital drives partitioned as I want.
>> So, I insert the Vista Business DVD and it whirrs into life........I
>> get as far as "where do you want to install Vista?"..........I select
>> the relevant partition and Vista tells me it can't find a suitable
>> volume for installation.
>> Um, excuse me?
>> So I elect to format the partition (even though it's already
>> formatted) but I get an hourglass for about three seconds and then it
>> disappears........no way did it just format a 40gb partition in 3
>> Can someone tell me where I'm going wrong?
>> The drives are SATA (non-raid)..............I've been using computers
>> since 1981 and this is the first time I've failed in an attempt to do
>> something as simple as install an OS :-(