Linux Mint 13 can't detect SSD &/or Windows 7

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I'm a newcomer to Linux OSes in general. I'm trying to install Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon alongside Windows 7. Linux Mint can't seem to see/detect either of my SSDs and because of that, it can't read/detect Windows 7. So how do I get Linux to read my SSDs without installing Linux first? And if that doesn't happen, how can I install Linux so that it appears in that "choose OS" list in the boot menu? (HowTos)