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The PC was seeing my hard drive during set up
I was being told that windows couldn't be installed on the drive
You mean that Windows sees the drive as an option you can select during Windows Setup? YesAre there currently any partitions on this drive? If so, delete them, and then try again.
I seem to recall, that there was a 15GB partition, but in all the years I've installed Windows, I've never partitioned a drive.
You want AHCI enabled before loading windows. A lot of them wont work when trying to change it later, even with the registry fixes. Windows install should have a partition delete function if you can see the drive. And then it sets up the partition. The MBR or something may be set up to say its an IDE drive, even if its AHCI compliant, until you delete the first partition.