[SOLVED] Linux can't figure out that I have a hard drive
I have a computer that's currently running the RC of Windows 7 that I'm trying to switch over to Linux (because the RC is expired and shuts down every 2 hours). I wanted to install CentOS because I've worked with it before for one of my classes, but now I'll settle for anything that works.
When I first tried to install CentOS, I got up to the point where the setup creates partitions and got an error saying that setup couldn't find any drives on which to make partitions. I found out CentOS was looking for AHCI drives and my Hard drive was configured as IDE (not sure why because it's not an IDE connection). So, I changed it from IDE to AHCI but I still encountered the same problem when I tried installing it again. Now Windows 7 won't start (which is fine cause I don't want Windows 7 anymore), and just about every other Distro I've tried to install gives me the same problem. I recently tried running a LiveCD of PCLinuxOS and got the error:
I also tried running a LiveCD of CentOS before I got into this mess and something similar happened.
Unable to mount the live cd, dropping you to a limited shell
What should I do? The physical connection on the hard drive seems to be ok. Should I try switching back to IDE mode? Is my hard drive irreparably damaged? I don't know a whole lot about Linux and I'm in way over my head any help would be appreciated