my redhat installation cd will not recognize my hard drive. I have partitioned it several different ways. ext2 and swap partitions before and after the windows partition, with just one big widows partition, and with just a 10gig windows partions (tried both fat and ntfs)..what should i do?? the installation cd will run and the prompt indicates that "no drives are found and that i need to install a driver for this device would you like to choose one now?"
what sort of hard drive have you (is it IDE or SCSI)?
i dont recollect facing this problem since trying to install redhat 6 on a 40 gb drive. one of the few options i tired was ( Assuming ur hard disk has no important data) clear out all the partitions, then under dos prompt run 'fdisk /MBR'. This should give u a fresh hard disk to start with.
then use the linux CD to boot and start installation. if the install partition program(disk druid) recognises the blank hard disk, use it to create your partitions.
if u still have access to your windows.. u could try out the demos of various partitioning tools (especially Powerquest Partition Magic) the better ones can detect partition and FAT table errors, drive geometry and cylinder alignment errors and can correct them most of the time non destructively
hop this helps