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Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

Question: Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

Hi there..I have a 250GB SATA HD drive and trying to load XP on to it...all that happens is that the files load from the XP CD onto the HDD but the menu screen does not appear...I can view the files when logged in from a IDE drive but the whole XP software is not on the SATA drive.I have seen other advice which states I require chipset drivers to load onto my system from floppy drive after pressing F6 for RAID drives present?? The drivers downloaded are 7.5 MB...a bit big to go on a floppy!!Any help please would be much appreciated..The system is an HP xw9300 computer.many thanks in advance.

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Preferred Solution: Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

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Answer: Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

You should have a Floppy Disc with the Raid Driver on It to enable XP to see the drive.Setup will ask If you have a disc for the Raid Driver. Take a look on the CD for Raid Drivers & how to create a Floppy Disc, if not have a look on your Motherboard's website.Regards.

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I was reading threads about installing drivers for Raid.

right now I have a single WD SATA 250GB corsair harddrive.
as of right now I don't plan on installing a 2nd hardrive

so going without a raid set up will Vista recognize my sata harddrive and allow me to install Vista on to it?
I have the driver CD that came with the hardrive. but I didn't plan on installing a (A) drive.

I remember with IDE drives XP PRO used the drivers off the Windows install CD.
then once I was finished installing XP Pro I went back and used the cd that came with my
WD80GB hardrive to update the drivers /utilities .

is it only Raid drivers that are not on the Windows install CD or is it that SATA drivers are not on there either?
do I still need to make a sata driver disket and install a (A)drive?

Answer:installing single WD SATA 250GB with Vista Home Premium?

SATA should be supported by Vista natively, so if you have no RAID set up, it should install normally.

Vista will have drivers for most everything else, but you may still need to download a couple, like graphics, from the manufacturer.

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hello, i have been having trouble installing a new hard drive on my system.
don't laugh but it is a
hp pavilionxt963 (it was free)
CPU:intel celron 1200 mhz
Chipset: Intel 810E (whitney) + 1CH
Video:nVidia GeForce MX 4000
Hard Drive: Samsung SV4002H 40GB

i have a seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata st3250823as
that i am trying to install for storage.
i have a syba 2 channel pci controler card that the drivers are reconized and works properly. but when i reboot after using discwizard, it gives me an error message.
i have even change pci slots and still get this:
-expansion rom not initialized- pci mass storage controller
bios:01, device:0A, funtion:00

Answer:trouble installing seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata with pci controller

That's not necessarily an error message..

Can you see anything that would show the controller recognising the attahced Seagate? Do you see the drive in Windows?

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Hey guys, i need some help, i am trying to get my 250GB sata drive to work on a MS-7061 board so i can install Windows Xp, ive tried going into the BIOS but have had no luck, i have a IDE Drive connected as well as somebody said you can configure it with an IDE drive installed, any help is appreciated greatly, Mark

Answer:Configuring a 250GB Sata Drive As IDE

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.

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I've been getting this "Windows - Delayed Write Failed" error for quite some time. It's strange though, because it seems to be happening totally randomly.

Here's what happens:

I could be using firefox 2 mins after I start up my computer or be playing a game 4 hours after I start my computer and then a delayed write failed error (or several) suddenly appears from the taskbar in the lower right corner of the screen, failing to write either a system file of some sort or a file related to whatever program I happen to be using at the time. Then everything becomes extremely choppy and eventually totally freezes up. I then have to manually restart at which point it will either work normally or be slow and then freeze up during startup. For some reason, moving my HDs to different SATA ports (since my mobo has 4 ports) tends to fix the problem for a while before it starts happening again.

Does anyone happen to have any idea how to resolve this problem or what is causing it? Is my HD failing, does it have to do with my drivers/firmware/bios, or is it some sort of software bug or conflict?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

(btw there don't seem to be any problems with the disk when I check it with chkdsk or the seagate disk checking utility)

Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA (Two of them, not in raid)
Windows XP home edition SP2
Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz ... Read more

Answer:Windows - Delayed Write Failed error with 250GB SATA internal Seagate drive

Ooh, my task bar and desktop just disappeared and I just got a message saying:

Windows - System Error
Unknown Hard Error

And when I clicked OK, it just reappeared. When I tried to shut down, my computer locked up, so I had to shut down manually.

Restarting failed, but my computer seems to be working again now that I have switched the HDs to different SATA ports again. For now...

This can't be good...

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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We removed old disks from my reliable but sluggish Dell Pentium 4 and installed a new Hitachi 250GB drive. Windows XP installed fine, but the system will not reboot after we install SP2. Tried twice, rolling back to the previous configuration.

Tried installing SP1 (fine) and several critical updates THEN SP2, but same problem; after the "successful" install the system must be restarted, but now it will not boot. Instead we see the message saying Windows cannot start, and giving options for booting in safe mode (this works), booting in safe mode with networking (does NOT work). We have tried F8 at startup & tried Debug mode, but this just took us back the same menu (Safe, Safe w/networking, Last known good, etc.).

We have already checked for BIOS updates, and found none available.

Any ideas?

Answer:Installing Windows XP on new Hitachi 250GB drive, won't reboot after SP2

Update on this problem: with the restart on failure disabled we were able to proceed a bit further, and have now disabled our AVG virus s/w, and rolled back again to run a disk check... before trying SP2 again.

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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My pc died on me and due to a lack of spare cash I bought a cheap pc. It is a AMD Athlon 64X2 dual core 3600+ and it came with only 500mb ram. It also has vista pre-installed. The pc was so slow, I thought this was probably due to the lack of ram, so I bought another 2g ram (total 2.5g ram) but the machine still takes ages to do anything, if I am running a file convertor then I cannot surf etc. I have a legit copy of XP pro and would like to install it on this pc instead of vista. I am assuming from what I have read that it is not possible to simply put the xp disc into my pc once vista has loaded and simply 'upgrade' (or downgrade) to xp.  I have downloaded all the xp drivers for my current pc, however I am far from an expert at this.The problem is my pc uses sata drives and I have read that xp cannot install on a sata drive as it does not contain the drivers for sata. I do have a floppy disc that came with a raid card and the floppy contains sata drivers, but my pc does not have a floppy drive so I can't boot from the floppy to load the drivers first.I was wondering whether it would be possible to copy the drivers from the floppy to a memory card and load them by booting from the built in card reader prior to booting from the xp disc (is it possible to boot from a card reader?). Another option is that the pc has 2 hard drives, is there any way I could install xp on the second drive, load all the xp drivers and then use acronis to clone the drive onto the... Read more

Answer:Installing xp on sata drive, can I boot from card reader to install sata driver?

That is simply not true, you can install xp straight to any SATA drive.

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Hey there,

I recently picked up a Seagate 250 GB SATA HDD (model number: ST3250824AS). When I installed it, I did as I was exactly told. I disconnected the power and turned of the system, plugged the SATA cable from the HDD to the motherboard (I have an ASUS P4P800 motherboard), hooked up the power cable from the power supply to the HDD and closed the case up. When I powered up the system, Windows (I'm using XP Professional) recognized the HDD and added it to the device manager... but the problem is; its there is no icon displayed in My Computer. I dont know what to make of it. Could it be something with Windows? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Seagate 250GB SATA HDD problem

Did you go into Disk Manager to initialize the drive, create a partition and format the drive?

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I am trying to decide what type of HD to put in my computer...a 250GB SATA or a 320GB RAID 0 (2 x 160GB SATA HDDs)...and would really appreciate hearing your thoughts.

I will be using it mostly for everything from statistical analysis, writing, etc. to music, pictures, DVDs and flight simulator work. The bottom line is data preservation is important. I have lately been hearing that RAID 0 does not provide any real performance improvements and carries more risk of data loss. I have also been told by the folks at Symantec and Norton that some programs such as Go Back will not work on RAID disks.

If what I have been told is true, RAID 0 carries little in the way of performance improvements, but an increase in data loss risk and more limiting in some program availability making the 250GB SATA sound more appealing.

Could you please tell me if this is true...what are your experiences/thoughts?

Thank you very much!

Answer:320GB RAID 0 VS 250GB SATA...please help!...

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I currently have a 250 Gb ATA HDD and I'm wondering if I should put my newly aquired 160 SATA, or if I should replace the 250 with the 160. I skeptical cuz another HDD will add more heat and take up more power. It is possible to have both though. Should I try both and see what happens? What do you guys think?

Antec 430W 2x12v
4 HDD's = 1x Sata (120Gb = XP), 3x Pata (80Gb = Vista, 2x 250Gb Stuff)

Answer:250Gb hdd PATA or 160Gb hdd SATA 150

That 160 isn't going to be any faster than your 250. Likely slower.

Yes its possible to use both, and I would do so.

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hi, i just fitted a new HD to my pc, its a hitatchi deskstar 250gb sata HD, i have a seagate barracuda 160gb also on sata, and a maxtor 80gb IDE drive,
i can see the new drive in the bios, but when i click on it and select auto detect drives, the bios goes all jibberish and i have to re boot, my problem is that i cant see the drive in my computer??, its connected to sata 1 and the seagate drive with my os is on sata 0...maybe im missing something,, can anyone help??

ok just found out that the new drive is sata II, the one in my pc is sata, can i do anything about this????

Answer:just fitted a 250gb hitatchi sata HD, need some help

Which drive has the OS? 80GB IDE Drive?

Also you should have those SATA in series of same size like: 0-R 250GB / 0-R 250GB to mirror drives.

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This harddrive only formats to ~217GB. Its listed as a 250GB harddrive and even shows up on BIOS as one, but in windows its a 217GB one. How can I fix this?

Answer:217GB Formatted from 250GB SATA

Have you check disk manager to see if there are any space left over that are unallocated? Try using Maxtor Big Drive enabler (assuming this was a maxtor drive from your sig)

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Hi all I have a quick and simple question. Will Samsung SSD 250GB 850 EVO M.2 SATA 2280 fit HP ProBook 470 G3 (P4P70EA)?  Thank you for your time!

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Hi all I have a quick and simple question. Will Samsung SSD 250GB 850 EVO M.2 SATA 2280 fit HP ProBook 470 G3 (P4P70EA)?  Thank you for your time!

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Im wondering why i can only access 1/2 of my drive where has the remainder 125gb gone.



P4 Core 2 E6300
1gb Ram (generic)
GA-965P S3 Award bios
Win XP Pro sp2
Radeon x550

Answer:Solved: 250gb Sata HDD shows as 125gb

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My 250GB SATA is partitioned in TWO separate ones, and I just installed Win7 Ultimate x64 on the smaller partition that have assigned for the OS. The installation went fine and everything seems OK, but the thing is that I can NOT have access to the other partition (the one previously there).
In the Disk Management, I can clearly see the two partitions, and the non OS on reads as: Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition). But the explore, open, extend volumem and other features are grayed-out)

Oh, the OS partition has the option to Mark Partition as Active. What is this?
Please advise how can I fix this, since I have tons of data on the non OS partition and I need to get to them ASAP!


Answer:250GB SATA HDD: Win7 Partition Issue

If it was me, I'd stop what you are doing and use a tool to pull your files off to an external drive, like Bart PE. Never mess with partitions if you have important data, or else it can't be that important to you.

Then, clear the drive, install the OS and then restore your data.

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Hi All,

i have a tecra S3 PTS30-E which has come from the company i work for which was no longer required.

i have replaced the current 40gb hdd with two different ones -

Western Digital 250 gb WD2500BPVT

toshiba 120gb - MK1252GSX

I have tried both seperately and windows XP pro service pack 3 will not recognise either one.

i have downloaded sata driver from toshiba website and installed via F6 during boot, windows asks which driver, windows 2000 or XP, i click XP and enter, windows continues until then advising no hard disk found

i have also tried downloading intel drivers after searching other threads and this also does not work via the floppy route.

i have also added toshiba drivers to XP iso using nlite to create a slipstream disk and while xp loads from disk, i noticed "toshiba raid driver" being installed. Same result no hard disk found.

Can someone help ?


Answer:Re: Tecra S3 - new 250gb Sata hdd - windows does not recoginse


> Tecra S3 - new 250gb Sata hdd - windows does not recoginse

According to the specifications on this page:

Your laptop has Ide interface, as far as I know on old IDE interface there is a 28bit LBA limitation that means the notebook can only handle HDDs up to 128GB.

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I have a Gateway NX860X laptop here and the HD crashed. So I grabbed a brand new 250gb SATA drive, formatted it NTFS thru the USB port on a different PC, and popped it in the laptop. XP setup didn't see the drive (BIOS does) so I hooked up a USB floppy drive, created an 'F6' SATA driver disk for the Intel ICH7 Mobile chipset, and restarted the XP setup. This time I pressed F6 at the appropriate moment, loaded the drivers from the floppy as I've done dozens of times on other PCs, and XP setup saw the drive and let me format it again. But right after the format, when setup says "Checking Drive C:...." and then says "Creating list of files to be copied" it stops, and goes to a screen that says "Insert Intel Storage Matrix Manager in Drive A: - Press Enter When Ready". But the thing is, the disk is in the drive already, and pressing Enter does nothing - the floppy drive doesn't spin up, removing the disk does nothing, different disks do nothing. It's like the floppy drive itself disappears at this point, and the XP install is basically impossible.

(Just for kicks, I installed Windows 7 w/o a hitch; I then reformatted the drive and installed Vista just to see what would happen; both Vista and W7 install fine like I figured they would, but XP craps out right before the file copy part of setup is supposed to start)

Answer:250gb SATA HD + clean XP install = NIGHTMARE!!

You need to use XP SP1 or later to overcome the 137Gb limit.

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My computer's powersupply died and when I tried to replace it my keyboard and mouse stopped functioning. Thought it may have been a corrupted OS (WMC SP2) so I tried to recover per this thread Howard referred me to (this thread. The long and short of the results can be found at this one.

I need help - DESPERATELY - to find a way that I can recover some data (about 2000 pictures - hunnymoon [sic], pets, family gatherings, etc) that I should have backed but did not. I have recovered data before from ide/eide/ata drives but never any configured for RAID x.

Anyone out there that can help and would be willing to walk me through?

I have taught myself all I know about computers in the last 4 years and pick it up fairly quick, having good working knowledge of 98, ME evil: ), XP (all flavors), and am working with a fairly new Vista machine, will open the box to install/remove anything, and will listen and follow directions carefully (this sounds like a singles ad doesn't it?). I said all this to encourage anyone out there who may want to help but does not have the time or inclination to lay significant groundwork in solving what - I hope - is a relatively simple problem.

Hopeful Chad

Answer:How can I recover data from 2 250GB SATA config RAID 0?

See if this helps:

Good luck

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Recently bought Athlon64 3200+, Gigabyte K8NF-9 F11, 1GB RAM & 250GB SATA seagate hard disk. The problem here is that the BIOS (Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG) recognizes the harddisk to be only 130GB. Does Gigabyte K8NF-9 supports SATA 250GB hard disk or its's something I've done wrong? Pls help me out here. Thanks.

Answer:BIOS can't recognize 250GB SATA hard disk

I had a similar problem, I thought it may apply to you.

When I first installed my XP Pro on my system with a new Seagate 250 GB HDD, XP created the C: drive at 125 GB, basically cutting the disc space in half. The rest was just unformatted.

Go to "disc management", and you might find your missing 120 GB in unformatted space.

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Hello and thank you in adance.
I am reinstalling XP on my Dell XPS 600 (had ubuntu but need Windows again) and at the onset of the install XP gives me an error that it cant detect my HD (I lost the original XP reinstall CD).
No problem got the drivers from Dell"s tech support site. Extracted the files onto floppy drive but now during the install XP is missing some txtsetup.oem file...Dell wants me to renew warranty fro $150 bwfore they help.
Any ideas where i can find this file?

Thax again

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Hi, I bought  the above mentioned notebook without operation system.Now I'am trying to install Windows XP but after some minutes the system says "Can't find a hard disk". Does anybody knows this problem and quick solution? Many thanks in advanceMessage Edited by justhi on 04-29-2009 05:24 AM


Go to Solution.

Answer:3000 N200 0769 T2410 SATA 250GB XP can't find HD

I had similar problem recently. Lenovo support suggests me to prepare HD for Win XP (for the AHCI Controller). The procedure is mentioned at  This information can also be useful (downgrade Vista to XP).    

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i am trying to install a western digital 74gig Serial ATA, our 10,000 RPM on a Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard. when i try to install windows with the Sata driver the setup say that it could not find a hard drive. I looked in the main biso and it dose not show the drive as a primary drive. but the motherboard sata biso dose show the drive as being there. Another reason i know that the drive works is because i used the disk that came with drive to fromat the dirve and partition it.


Answer:Problems installing raptor sata drive as main drive

you need to install a 3rd party SATA driver during windows setup.

look on your motherboard manufacturers website for the latest SATA driver for WindowsXP, and put it on a floppy disk.

once you have the disk ready, boot to the Windows disk, and when prompted (in the first 5 seconds or so) tap F6 a few times. wait a few minutes for windows to load standard drivers, and then you will be prompted to insert your floppy containing the Drivers.

if you cant find the drivers, let us know the model of your motherboard and we'll track them down.

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Hey, i recently ghosted my 250gb ATA 133 drive to a 200gb SATA drive. I made sure I installed the drivers before I imaged so it would boot and detect correctly. It worked fine for 2 months. I am currently contemplating re-installing Windows because of a few problems with my current installation and general junking up of the OS. I have a SP2 disc but i dont have a Floppy drive installed and i really dont want to install one just for the SATA drivers. Is there any way to install XP to a SATA drive without a floppy disk?


Answer:Installing Windows XP to a SATA drive without a floppy drive

Wayne I am actually in the same boat you are as we speak I dont know if its an option to search your CD-ROM drive for drivers or not. I have never had to do it so I willl tell you my findings when I get done tonight...It is going to be a bit harder for me as I am setting 2X250GB SATA drives in a RAID0..wish me

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Everyone,

I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt move. When I go to restart, the 320 Primary Drive dissapears and only the 1.5tb drive is visable.

So what I've tryed to do is ive disconnected the 1.5tb drive, i left the 320 drive connected and it booted up fine. got into windows and worked as normal. but when I plugged in the 2nd drive it doesnt boot up. and when it doesnt boot, you restart and the 320 dissapears. I've also ghosted my 320gig drive to the 1.5tb drive. My 320 contained 2 partitions (C: for windows and D: for data) So atm im using my 1.5tb drive like my 320 with the C and D. But would anyone know the issue why I cant have both drives in there.?

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

Answer:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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I'm a complete beginner and recently bought a Seagate ST3500630AS 500GB SATAII 16MB Cache 7200RPM OEMfound out it wouldn't fit in my machine and the man in maplins said i needed a Serial ATA Raid PCI Card. I've installed the card & drivers for that, plugged my new drive into it and now i'm stuck. I expected to find the hard drive in my computer but nothing. What do i do? I'm so not technical minded. I've searched and found stuff on striped or mirrored raid which has gone right over my head. All i want is the extra disk space. Thanks in advance

Answer:Installing a sata drive

Have you enabled SATA in the Bios?

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Just brought another Western Digital Sata drive, installed it okay but it doesn't appear on my computer.

Went to WD site followed the steps:

Computer > Manage > Computer Managment > Disk Managment

Then it said some Disk wizard thing would pop up and help install it (but there was none!)

Anyhow my HD is listed "unallocated" and I'm unsure how to install it or whatever. Help please

Answer:Installing another SATA drive

To clear things up abit I've installed another SATA drive, accept it doesn't appear in my computer under hard drives.

What's wrong?

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Answer:Installing Win XP on new sATA drive

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I've read everything about SATA drives. I know Windows doesn't recognize it because its SATA and needs drivers but I do not have a floppy drive. Is there any way to make this work without a floppy?

Thank you so much,

Answer:Installing a SATA drive

I could be wrong here, but...... I think you are wrong

I just put together my new computer with a SATA hard drive. No drivers were needed, recognized as is.....

Wait and see what others say I guess.

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I am trying to install the Sata Drive that my brother sent to me;

Seagate ATA Barracuda 7200.11 1TB

I have tried to install Windows 7 as well as Ubuntu, simply because I can't get anything going on it.
It says there are bad sectors when I try to install Windows 7 ... so I want to try repairing the drive
This is a separate PC from the one that I am using, so don't even ask if I can connect it.

I am just looking for the driver file, and/or a repair program

But I do not have any driver accounts anywhere, in addition, I can't even find one.

Can someone grab this driver for me, and email it to me? PM to me and I will give you my email addy.

Getting so cluttered online that finding an easy driver to download is almost impossible anymore.

Answer:Installing my Sata drive

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Currently, I've got Windows xP Pro, 32-bit, 2Gb RAM, 2.8 Ghz AMD Athlon/Dual Core Processor,
and a 320Gb SATA ii HD.
I want to install a second SATA drive.
I've been searching for videos on this, but with little success. The videos I've seen only cover installing
one (main drive) HD.
Inside my case, I notice that there are a number of SATA ports on the MOBO. And numerous cables
coming off the power supply. And the way I understand it, with SATA drives, there is no need to set
SLAVE/MASTER relationship. Correct ? Just hook it up and go........................
Question : I don't have to do any daisy-chaining ? Just hook it up as if it were a seperate drive ?
Question : After Formatting it, Windows should recognize it ?
Question : How do I Format this (second ) drive ? Being it has to be formatted BEFORE Windows
will recognize it.
Question : What would be the "trigger" that would tell Windows that it's there ?
Other than the software part of it, the way I understand it, it IS pretty much a straightforward process.
Almost (underline that) lie PNP (?) Almost.


Answer:Installing A Second SATA Drive

Just hook it up. It can't be formatted until it is partitioned. Use Disk Management to create a new volume and the formatting will be part of the process the wizard will lead you through.

If it is already partitioned and formatted, remove all the volumes so that the drive is completely unallocated space., Then, right-click and create new volumes. Don't use the file system and partitions that they ship with. I consider them unreliable. It is better to make new partitions with the OS that will use the drive than to wait until you wake up one day to find all your files inaccessible because the partition table is damaged and the backup was corrupted from the day you installed the drive.

Play around and learn something. Now is the time since the drive has nothing on it and you can't hurt it in any way.

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Here's my situation:

My old IDE drive kicked the bucket a few days ago. I picked up a 150gb SATA Raptor today. I also have a 120gb maxtor SATA drive as well.

I have been trying to install XP onto it but it won't see my hard drive. I also don't have the use of a floppy disc either as my laptop does not have a drive and my desktop PC is dead.

My bios won't auto recognize the new drive. It will only recognize IDE drives. My motherboard is an A7N8X-E Deluxe from Asus.
Any info or help would be appreciated

Answer:Help: Installing XP onto an SATA drive

u most likely will need to make a floppy with the drivers on it.. u load it before u get to the setup of windows older motherboards are like that.. my asus K8V deluxe did the same thing

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I recently salvaged a 100gb IDE drive from an old computer. It has windows and various other programs on it. I would like to install it in my newer computer that has an SATA drive, and wipe it clean. How would I go about doing this?

Answer:Installing an IDE Drive w/ a SATA

i've seen boards with both sata and ide ports. if this is true in your situation, i say plug 'em in and let 'em fly. make sure the jumpers are correct.

otherwise, i think you'd need to buy a ide controller card.

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Im trying to install XP with an SATA DVD Drive to an IDE hard Drive.

I have installed XP to SATA Hard Drive before and the SATA controller drivers have been added to my XP disc.

I can boot from the SATA DVD drive and the XP installation seems to go fine, all the screen with the blue background and block text are fine.

The computer restarts to finish the installation. But immediately complains it cant find a file.

Its looking in something like "/rootdirrectory/Devs/CD-ROM/"whatever" "

This reminds me of the linux file system but I've not seen it in windows before.

Presumably this is pointing to an IDE CD/DVD drive. I should be able change this to point to the SATA DVD drive but I've no idea where to point it.

Anyhelp Appreciated Roger

Answer:Installing XP with an SATA CD Drive


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I am trying to do a fresh install of winxp pro SP1a on my Maxtor serial ata drive. However it just can't see the drive when it gets to the installation screen. I have tried installing third party drivers, from my mobo disc and website, by pressing F6, but it has no effect. I am running dry of ideas to what is going wrong. I am using an Asus K8V SE mobo. I did hear that oem discs of xp(am using one) don't work with some sata drives, don't know if it is true though. Please help Thanks

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I've got a new Dell which apaprently has a SATA hard drive. The Dell came with XP Home, but I need to do a clean install of XP Pro from my XP Pro disk. The problem is that when I boot from the XP Pro disk (SP1) it doesn't recognize the SATA hard drive. So my question is this: How do I install XP Pro onto this HD? Thanks!


Answer:Installing XP Pro on a SATA drive

I'm not familiar with the SATA drives but maybe this will help

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I have a few questions about installing WindowsXP on my SATA drive connected to a SATAII port on an ASROCK Dual-SATA2 mobo??
1) How do I install the SATA drivers without a floppy drive??
2) Can I create a partition on this 250gb drive to install XP on without corrupting ANY of the data on it?
3) Will there be a performance increase over the IDE drive I have it connected to now??

Answer:Re-installing XP on a SATA drive

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I have a Dell XPS 8900 I7 with a 2TB Sata and a 32GB Caddy Card. I tried to add a 500GB SATA drive and everything worked except I got a error that thought I was setting up a RAID.

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first off thanks for reading this
the problem i hav is my mate just got a new pc amd 939 3500+ 6600gt etc he also got a 120gb sata hard drive.

ok so we put it all together will minimal problems. chuked the xp disk in then we stated to hav problems, the h.w was recoignes in the BIOS fine as a WD120 or sumting along those lines. but after the park in xp after u "press entre to setup windows xp" it said something like windows cannot copy files to hard drive press entre to do sumting or press s to do sumting. well both of them didnt work. we also tried multiply xp cd's. so then we installed Linux.. word like a charm(just to c if the h.d was ok). then we put an old hard drive in norm IDE 133 and installed xp on it no worres. now in this version of xp the new WD120Gb is in the device maneger but not my computer??????? and we want windows on the fast 120Gb not the old slow drive

so my main question is how can i install winxp on the 120gb SATA wich we know is ok?

the above probable made no sence but it was worh a try!

thanks heeps


Answer:installing xp + sata drive

You have to install a driver for it from a floppy. press one of the F buttons when it has that blue screen, straight after it starts to boot from disk. it will say which one at the bottom of the screen, when it says install scsi drivers.

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I installed a Seagea Barracud LP, 1Tb HD. At first it seemed to work, considering the System kept asking for a driver. (Even in Device Manager).
After a few bootups, the AMI BIOS splash screen stopped at " Auto-detecting SATA 1", which is my main drive (witht he OS). Did a cold-boot. Booted up
with no problems. This scenario repeated itself a few days later.
But, this time, again, I tried the cold boot and got the "NTDLR is missing. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart (apparently looking for the Windows Loader). I followed this instruction. Got the same result.
On my machine, I'd press F8 for the bootup sequence, and press DELETE (when booting up ) to get into the BIOS. Couldn't get into BIOS. Neither
of these keys would work.
After disconnecting this HD, Windows booted up with no problem.
As an experiment, I tried reconnecting the Seagate. Did the same thing. Displaying the NTDLR messasge. Disconected the drive.
Either the drive is defective or there's a limiation on the drive size (in BIOS).
My System :
Windows XP Pro, 32-bit
ASUS AMN3A78-EM Motherboard
320Gb SATA II HD (main drive with OS)
3 Gb RAM
3.5" Floppy Drive
AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8 Ghz Dual Core Processor
Sata Optical Drive
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Answer:Installing A Second SATA Drive

I had a similar problem a few years ago. Based on what you've described, here are a few steps that may solve the problem:

Do you have SP2 or SP3 loaded in XP? If you're running SP1 or lower there may be issues recognizing a 1TB drive.

Try a different SATA cable. You might have a defective one on the new drive.

I am assuming your board supports SATA 2 (3.0 GB/s). If you have an older board that only supports SATA 1 (1.5 GB/s) you may have to place a jumper pin on the new drive. covers how to do this if required.

Check your board's manual or the ASUS website to see which SATA ports are channel 1 or channel 2 (there's a more technical term for this that I'm brain fading on, but you should get the idea). I can't explain why, but I've had the best luck placing a boot drive on the channel 1 and both the DVD/CD and secondary hard drive on channel 2.

Go to the ASUS website and check if there is a BIOS update available for your board.

Go into the CMOS/BIOS set up screen and check to see if the new drive shows up. If it doesn't, use the arrow down key to highlight the port its plugged into and see if you can force the board to recognize it manually.

Try the drive in a different PC if possible. If the problem repeats it may be a defective drive.

Hope this helps.

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Alright, a friend of mine just recently bought a 250gb WD SATA hard drive. As his primary, he has a normal IDE hard drive. For some reason, when he hooks up the SATA drive, it is not being recognized by his computer... Like, nothing at all...
If he hooks it up alone, the computer still will not recognize the drive. If he hooks it up along side his IDE primary, it's not recognized.

I hooked up the same hard drive on my computer, and it seems as if my computer detects it, but I can't seem to be able to access it or anything (like make a partition, put files onto it etc... it wont appear in my computer, but it appears in my bios, as well as my hardware manager). (Also note that I have the EXACT same hard drive as my primary, same model # and everything)

How can we get this to work on his computer?

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I have a sata drive that is not being recognised since my pc C drive stopped working. We found an old IDe hard drive (but it is only very small)to put the O/S on, until the new hard rive comes (another SATA drive). I understand you have to put the driver in whilst loading XP, but I failed in transferring the correct files over- as I put in the floppy (dont know how people will manage without a floppy). I put on the floppy all files that had the SATA Id in name. XP message said couldn't find the OEM text file- so I never got to install it. So when my new drive comes I will have two drives that I need to store the programs and data on, that the PC does not see. The drivers are on a Nvidia nforce4 series CD. Can anyone tell me which files I need to transfer over. When I try and transfer the lot , half way through i get error messages of cant find the segment it is looking for. I have also tried using the command prompt- runnning copy once in the bootdrv directory, but this loads a few and then comes back with the same message for about 4 of the files, so I exited, without completing in fairness, expecting it not too work. Any ideas please? I also found on another forum, a help message that suggested I could reinstall windows and use the repair option to save having a complete install - which is the method I tried when getting the need the OEM error message. So unitl i can get the drives recognised, I can't do anything, as hard drive not big enough to put any programs on at all, ... Read more


You need the raid drivers for your motherboard.Will be on motherboard CD. transfer to floppy and press F6 during windows set when requested.If no CD post make and model of motherboard to locate drivers on net.

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Hey guys, first post, so be gentle! I just finished upgrading my computer. I replaced the mobo, RAM, DVD Drive (for SATA), processor, and video card. I am trying to fire up the computer and get Vista installed.

When I first started up the computer, I got that stupid "USB Current Overdrive" message. I removed the back metal panel that covers the back of your mobo. I think the pins that stick out were interfering with the USB outlets. I turned on the computer again. It led me to the blue screen that says there is an error with my Hard Drive. I think this error came up b/c I haven't installed Windows Vista yet. That led me to my next problem. The DVD Drive.

I have never installed a SATA DVD Drive before. All I did was put in the DVD drive and connect the red SATA wire from the back of the DVD Drive to "SATA 1" on the motherboard.

However, it appears my DVD drive is not being recognized in BIOS. It won't open or close. I tried it while I was in BIOS.

In BIOS, it shows all 6 SATA as "not detected." I probably have to do something in BIOS. Here's what I found

SATA Configuration [Enhanced]
Configure SATA as [IDE] (or should I change it to AHCI?)

Any help would be appreciated. I'm still a novice at this and this is the most involved I have ever gotten in replacing so many parts at one time. Like I've replaced a faulty part before, but never to this extent.

So, what am I doing wrong with the DVD Drive?

My specs:

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Answer:Need help installing SATA DVD Drive!!!

"All I did was put in the DVD drive and connect the red SATA wire from the back of the DVD Drive to "SATA 1" on the motherboard."
needs a Power cable attached also, all Sata drives need a data cable and a power cable attached.
"Configure SATA as [IDE] (or should I change it to AHCI?) "

IDE is the easiest config, if you use AHCI, you will have to load Sata drivers at the beginning of setup.

Every bios is different, some require that you enable Sata ports you plan to use, some Autodetect any device attached to a Sata port.

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I'm trying to re-format my HD. My system is just running very slow lately and well I'd just rather re-format the darn thing.

It's a Seagate Barracuda 120gb 8mb cache SATA HD

I'm trying to install XP Home Edition (ver 2002)

When the install starts it goes to Press ENTER to install and I do, but then it says Windows could not find a storge device. I tried to load the drivers, but I'm not even sure which those are, I tried installing Ulta 100 TX2 (I believe that is correct).

I'm almost at the point of just getting rid of the SATA drive.

Also, I went to the web site to try and find the correct driver, but they send me to Promise and that's where I get lost. There are so many differents ones to choose.

Answer:Installing XP, but not seeing my SATA drive, help please :(

you need to install the drivers for a SATA drive.
You must have a floppy drive

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hello,i need some help installing my second SATA hard using a P4C800 e-dlx mobo, first hard drive Raptor SATA 74GB - installed and runningjust got new hard drive Western Digital SATA 250GB.i have plugged in the new 250GB hard drive and device manager has got it listed. when i go to disc management (right click my comp, manage) there is a window which comes up "Welcome to the Instalize and Conver Disk Wizard" i dont know what to do. its saying something about a dynamic disk? disc management states the 2nd hard drive "unknown" not instalized its listed it as Disk 1 and the first hard drive as Disk 0all i want is to use the second hard drive as i would normally, i dont want no raid thing. just a simple hard drive made into partitions. how would i achieve this?please help thanksVJ

Answer:help installing 2nd SATA drive

i think you need to format it first or did you ???

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I recently purchased a new sata drive for install. I want to image the first and install on the second and then use the first as backup. I just want to confirm the steps involved.
hook up new sata drive to second port, image 1st drive onto 2nd, unhook 1st and 2nd drives, plug second drive into first port, plug older drive into second port, reboot
am i missing anything?
i know that you can plug either drive into any port, but want to keep older drive as backup only. so do not want computer to boot off of it.
thinking of using acronis true image.
any advice or things to remember?

Answer:installing 2nd sata drive

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I have two 250GB hard drive in my pc and I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2. It's running on an Abit motherboard with Athlon 64 dual core 4400+ CPU. I got the computer from a friend and decided to do a clean install so I deleted the previous partions and made a new one. It went through the whole formatting process fine then went through the windows setup. It then did an automatic reboot but right after POST it gave me an error message. It said Trap followed by 0000005c ==============EXCEPTION=========================== and a series of hexdecimal messages afterworsd. I've done this twice and had the same problem and I just wanted to know if you guys knew anything about this?

Answer:Installing Win XP Pro SP2 on two 250GB HDD

Greetings gfx dude, Welcome to TSF!

Firstly, you only need to install the Operating System one ONE of the HDD's not both of them.
The second HDD can be connected as a "Slave" and can be used to 'save' everything that you download, plus emails and other data, such as music etc.
I suggest that you check the CD for scratches and marks; wipe it very gently from the centre to the edges with a lint free cloth.
To give you the best chance of getting Windows? installed without hassles, such as those you are experiencing, is to completely wipe the HDD with Darik's Boot N Nuke.
Wiping the HDD this way will completely erase everything off the HDD and take it back to a RAW unformatted state, as if it had just come out of the factory.

Just so that you do not forget anything when doing the installation, please read this...

The Windows? XP Installation Check List.

1. The Windows? XP SP2-CD (naturally)

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke (Click the coloured Link).

3. Please read this guide.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A couple of tips...
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4? hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD).

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows? how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra parti... Read more

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My laptop: Inspiron 15 5577 gaming laptop with intel chip (7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.8 GHz))
1. I disk cloned my 128GB M.2 SATA ssd drive using Macrium Reflect (v6.3.1812) by boot up using USB jump drive. 128GB clone->500GB thru usb 3.0 connection.  After the clone, I checked and see that all partitions are cloned successfully.
2. I swapped out my 128GB for Samsung NVMe SSD 960 EVO; I boot up using Macrium Reflect to clone my Samsung NVMe SSD  from my external usb 3.0 500 GB; after the clone, I disconnected all external devices and tried to boot up from Samsung NVMe ssd.  BUT IT FAILED.
I received the following error messages:
Rom image is not loaded
Rom image update denied.
Please let me know if someone had done this.
Thank you very much.

Answer:upgrading my M.2 SATA 128GB SSD to Samsung 250GB PCIe/NVMe) SSD failed? help needed

What mode is system set for - AHCI or RAID?

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Never had to dela with SATA drive yet (to lazy to upgrade) but now that i do have them i need to install a fresh Windows OS And i heard you cant just pop in the disk and load it up like you would with an IDE drive

What do i gotta do?

The OS im using is XP Pro (sorry should have posted that to begin with)

Answer:Installing windows on an SATA drive

Nothing. Vista has the sata drivers on the install disc. Boy, you're lucky you're going Vista

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I'm doing a fairly major upgrade (cpu, ram, motherboard, hard drive) and obviously doing a fresh XP install is the plan. I have a service pack 0 version of XP Home but am planning on creating a slipstream install cd. I've heard that the XP cd won't recognize SATA drives, and I don't have a floppy drive. Is there any way to install XP onto my new SATA hd or do I have to use the current IDE drive. If it matters, I have a 1 gb flash drive that I could load drivers onto ... it looks like the Gigabyte DS3 supports booting from a flash drive.
EDIT: limiting my search term to SATA got me the answer I need But the question below still stands -- anyone tried installing XP from a flash drive? I imagine the read times would be rather speedier.

Next question -- can I just copy the slipstreamed XP image to the flash drive and install from that?

Sorry for the noobish questions but I haven't paid much attention to such things since my last major upgrade in 01. Thanks!

Answer:Installing WinXP on SATA drive

You're board is an Intel chipset, you'll be fine. Slipstream SP2 in to the disc anyway, but you won't need a floppy drive.

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Hello, all.  I am not the most computer-savvy person out there, but I know a good deal, but obviously not enough when it came to a new hard drive.  I decided to go for a SATA drive instead of an IDE.  I moved all the files I wanted onto a slave IDE drive, and then unplugged it so I don't do anything to it (I record music, so all my Pro Tools sessions and pictures are on there...they're really all I wanted to keep).  I ordered a Western Digital 250 GB drive off of Newegg, however, it was listed as OEM, so all I got was the hard drive.  Nothing else.  I was able to procure a SATA connector, and upon making the proper connection, nothing happened.  The computer doesn't seem to recognize it.  I connected the original OS drive back in order to boot up the motherboard CD in an attempt to install any drivers that I could, but it tells me that I have SATA available on my motherboard.  That's all it's telling me.  I don't have my computer in front of me at the moment but I will list what I can.Gigabyte nVidia Nforce 250 ChipsetAMD Athlon 64 2.0 ghz2.0 GB of RAMThat's all I know off the top of my head that I think holds relevance.  If you need more, please let me know.  But I have been throwing things around in frustration for hours, because I can't figure out how to get the computer to recognize the SATA drive so I can install Windows on it.  I read in my motherboard manual a way t... Read more

Answer:Installing SATA hard drive

If you are going to install an OS on it check both Gigabytes and WD's site for the drivers.The power connection probably isn't on the MBoard but coming from the PSU...if it has no SATA power connectors then you will need a 4 pin Molex to SATA adapter to hook it up.P.S. Double check the MBoard driver CD...sometimes they call the SATA drivers RAID drivers why i don't know but if they're for your MBoard they should work.

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I am having alot of trouble trying to get my laptop to accept xp, im not a computer geek by any means but I do know my way around more than just basics. I have done research to find out that I have to download drivers since xp is not supported on a sata drive, I learned to use and downloaded nlite, I researched several sites with info, drivers, links to more sites and has followed them to the T burned about 5 cd?s and still comes up with blue screen setup could not determine type of one or more mass storage devices. I press S to specify additional scsi adapters(im assuming this is right as if I press enter it eventually leads me to the blue screen says problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage and bottom has trouble code of 0x0000007b ) it says setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load oem drivers. pres esc to cancel loading oem drivers, f3 to quit setup.
I just want xp on my computer, I have 2 xp disk, both are xp pro however one is corporate with sp2 other is just single user disk. When I go through the integration It says it completed successfully, I dont' have another computer to check it out on.
computer is sony vaio vgn-CS320j, model pcg-3G5L 64 bit, but the windows xp is 32 bit, I have read I can put a 32bit on 64 system but not 64 on a 32 bit system so I should be ok on that. I think I?m not finding the right drivers or I?m simply leaving out a critical piece of information. Anyone that has done this be... Read more

Answer:Having trouble installing xp on sata drive

Since you don't have a floppy drive to complete the F6 > Press S > etc. installation of SATA drivers, you will have to install the SATA drivers though the use of a slipstream disk. You combine the contents of a Windows XP installation CD with the SATA drivers and make a new CD. Google for the exact procedure. There are several sites that explain how to do it.

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Purchased a new desktop that has XP installed on a SATA Drive, but wish to take it of to install Windows 7. Somewhere it says SATA Drivers are needed to install W7. What are these Drivers and how to get and install them?
The new desktop tower has no floppy drive, just USB.2 connectors.
Please advise.

Answer:Installing Windows 7 on SATA DRIVE

THank you very much for your reply.

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I just bought a 250 gig SATA drive and I have never installed one onto a machine. I looked at my mobo manual and correctly put in the corrections. When I try to run Windows XP Pro, it shows that I have 131069 MB of unpartitioned space. Now, I'm not math wiz, but 131069 does not seem nearly enough for it to be 250 gigs.

Also in the bios, it shows my drive being in the "IDE Channel 2 Master".

Am I doing something wrong?

Answer:Correctly Installing a SATA Drive

you need to install your SATA drivers. When installing windows you should press F6 to install Raid/SCSI drivers. this is when you should install your drivers. i have the same problem, i have two 160gb SATA drives, but i never installed the drivers so at the moment i have only got about 260gb instead of 320gb...

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I got a new HD for my system, a WD 80 gb SATA drive. For some reason now my system will not boot from the Win XP disc - it has always been able to. After installing the HD, I wanted to do a fresh install. However I was having the boot problems, so I had to install windows with boot disks.

After the first restart, when it loads the GUI, it hangs on Preparing to Install and gives me this: Data Error Cyclic Redundancy, D:\I386\asms. Something to that effect. It advises to check the Installation CD. I tried another disc to no avail. I tried repairing the installation, I tried reformatting and reinstalling fresh, and I ran a chkdsk. I still get the same error.

I am running an Athlon 2500+ on a EPOX 8RDA3+, with onboard SATA. Btw, I installed the latest drivers for the SATA interface during the xp setup.

I have ran the WD diag tool on the drive - neither the quick nor extended test reported any errors.
I have ran memtest on my RAM and even replaced it.
I have tried upping the voltage to 2.7 but that still didn't work.
My setup is not overclocked.

Possible conflict with the CD drive and the HD?
Bad HD?

I'm stumped at this point.

Answer:Problem with installing Win XP Pro with SATA drive


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hello there, i currently got a 80Gb HD and will be getting a new 250Gb SATA HD that i plan on using for additional storage. Im not sure how it works with the original HD and if i will have any problems or not? or if it makes my other HD work harder or anything like that? Basically im in the dark as far as installing a new HD for additional storage goes. I'm basically just looking for good advice on installing a new SATA HD with my original SATA boot drive. Any links, or peronal know how is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!!

Answer:installing a SATA hard drive??

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I am trying to Install Win. XP on an ACER computer Pentium 4 with a new Western Digital SATA hard drive. I have 3 good copies of Win. XP all the same key. When I Install it formats the drive with NTFS no problem. When it starts copying files I get to 93% and I get the blue screen that says "Setup can not copy the file: pro_seg5.swf" if I skip the file I get the same message on the next file "tourW.exe" and so on. I have tried all 3 copies even one that I never use with the same results.  Where am I going wrong. Any advice is greatly appreciated......Thank You

Answer:Installing XP on a SATA Hard Drive

Try a different CD drive.

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I have been asked by a friend to visit him tomorrow to help install a new hard drive as his old one has failed and the system will not boot. He runs XP SP2 and the new drive which he has bought is exactly the same as the old one?Maxtor diamond 150 sata.I had to download the Maxtor maxblaster 4 bootable iso driver and have created a cd disk in Nero.I have tested the cd here on my pc and it boots into dos and stops at an A\ prompt. To get the installation programme running I am not sure what comes next? Also as the machine is quite new I am hoping as the old drive was sata ,the bios will recognise it .Help would be appreciated.

Answer:Installing new sata hard drive

Installing XP on SATA driveOnce you have the drive(s) connected you are ready to start installing XP.Master and SlaveRemember since it's serial you can only have one device per SATA port/cable so SATA drives don't have jumpers. On the Motherboard SATA1 Port is for the primary device, SATA2 port is for the secondary device etc.SATA controller driverYour Motherboard or SATA controller card requires a driver to work properly. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you will have to make one. The SATA drivers can be located on the installation CD that came with your Motherboard or preferably, download the latest SATA controller drivers from the manufacturers site. Once you have located the drivers copy them to a formatted floppy disk. Make sure they are in the root directory i.e. not contained within any folders.BIOS settingsWhen you turn on the PC hit the Delete key when prompted and you will enter the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Here you set the first boot device to be the CDROM drive, the option is usually found under the Advanced Options section but this depends on your BIOS and you may have to look around for it. Once you have done this save and exit.Installing the SATA controller driverOnce you have set the PC to boot from the CD make sure the XP CD is in the CD drive and start the installation as per usual. Within the first minute or so of the installation Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install RAID or SCSI drivers... Read more

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I already have a 120gb IDE drive in my system, with windows working fine and everything. So is there any way to just plug in my new 74gb raptor and format it, without going through windows installation.

I just want to get my existing windows install to recognize the drive, then i want to use symantec ghost32 to copy my IDE hard drive to the raptor.

Is this possible or will I have to install windows on the SATA first, thanks

Answer:question about installing SATA drive

Yes. But to get windows to recogonize it for a windows installation, you gotta either slipstream the drivers for the serial ata port into the installation or use a floppy disk with them installed on it.

And post in 1 thread next time damnit! =p

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Hi all,I've recently installed a 2nd 200gb Maxtor Sata Drive on my computer. I read on many guides about using Maxblast 4 to install the drive through the BIOs. Having ran the program from a CD i opted to install the drive as an additional storage drive. When i load Windows XP it then displays a new local disk in My computer under the title Other rather than next to the drive previously installed. It doesnt show up in Device manager either and a scan for hardware changes doesnt recognise anything. i would appreciate any suggestions?Thanks

Answer:Installing 2nd SATA Hard drive

When I installed a 2nd sata hd, I found that I had to jumper them both as master, don't remember the details but spent many a happy hour on my knees trying different things. Try the jumper as above first

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Apologies if this is not correct forum...please feel free to correct me...

I have a Dell Dimension 4550 that doesn't natively support SATA, so I bought a Sabrent (Silicone Image chipset model SiI 3114) 4-port RAID SATA controller card to support my new Seagate 1TB drive.

After much hair pulling and obscenities I got the card to recognize the 1TB drive in the BIOS by upgrading the BIOS for the controller to

Now I'm trying to install Windows XP to this drive and recognize the need to press F6 to install the drivers for the controller card so that Windows will see the drive and install the OS to that drive. Problem is that no driver I can find is recognized during this process.

I've read numerous websites that recommend using a VIA chipset based controller card which I'm willing to go to instead of this card, but I need specifics on which models will support what I'm trying to do here. I need for Windows to be installed on this SATA drive which will be on the PCI controller card. The controller card cannot be PCI-E either as this older mobo doesn't support that slot.



Answer:Installing XP on PCI SATA Controller drive


Try that, are you putting the drivers on a floppy?


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I have an ABIT KU8 motherboard and a Western Digital WD10EACS 1TB SATA drive.

I had my HD divided into two partitions: 10 GB partition and a ~990 GB partition.

I had XP installed on the 10 GB partition, patched to SP3. I may have actually cloned the partition from an old IDE HD when I upgraded to SATA, I can't remember.

I had an image of the 10 GB partition stored on the 990 GB partition which I tried to restore using Clonezilla (not for any reason, I just wanted to clear out some of the junk installed on my OS).

The process crashed as the image was corrupted, leaving the 10 GB partition corrupted. At some point during my messing around my BIOS settings may also have been wiped.

I first tried to re-install XP on the 10GB partition, but Windows setup did not seem to correctly identify the size of my HD. Having found out that this is a limitation of unpatched XP, I slipstreamed SP3 onto my XP install disk and was able to re-install XP.

However, even though XP had apparently installed, the PC would not boot from the SATA drive.
I tried wiping the HD with zeroes with WD Data Lifeguard and re-installing XP but with no change.
It is almost as if the motherboard is not even attempting to boot from the SATA drive.

I am also confused by the BIOS settings for the SATA drive.
There is an option to enable or disable the SATA controller which I set to enable.
There is an option to set the SATA mode to IDE or RAID which I set to IDE.

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Answer:Problems re-installing XP on SATA drive

The mode should be IDE. Extended IDE should be AUTO.

I would suspect the partition information has become corrupted. If there isn't any data on the drive that you want/need, I suggest deleting the partitions, creating a new partition, format, and attempt a fresh install. I only use single partitions any more. No real reason to use multiple partitions, but it's just a matter of personal preference.

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Anyone know how to install windows on a single sata drive? It says that no hard drives found to install on.

Answer:Installing windows using SATA drive

Either get the drivers for it or go into bios and disable SATA (set it to IDE compatability mode) and install. Once thats done, download and install SP2 and install it. When you do that, go back into bios and re enable SATA support.

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Hi everybody :
I'm thinking about installing a second SATA hard drive.
Last time, when I tried to do this I ran into a few problems. One, I set the BOOT ORDER so that my Western Digital 500 Gb drive was used as the boot drive. Two...after installing another Western Digital Drive 500 Gb drive......(doing all the prerequisites....activating the drive....formatting, etc...), then setting this drive as the "Slave" (secondary) drive in BIOS. BIOS somehow still used THIS second WD Drive as the boot drive.... And the System wouldn't boot. I went into BIOS and made sure that the FIRST WD Drive was set as the boot drive. I'm pretty sure I clicked SAVE and ENTER (exiting the BIOS). So I disconnected the "second drive", used it as an external drive, via a docking port (works fine). But I'd rather have an internal second drive. One possibility ? Maybe I connected the SATA cable to the wrong port on the MB ? The sequence for the Mother Board ports ARE 1,2,3,4, correct. (I mean that they're not 1,3..2,4 right ?) Also, if I remember correctly. There WERE jumpers on the back of the SATA drive. I'm pretty sure I had it "jumped" to SLAVE. Being, I'm thinking about trying it again, I need advice as far as the steps in setting it up and configuring it (last time I DID use Disk Management), in BIOS.
My System : Windows 7 Professional...32-bit
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Motherboard
Intel Core i-3 Processor

Answer:Installing 2nd SATA Hard Drive

Sata drives don't use the 'slave' idea, they are simply numbered. You should be able to set which drive you want to boot from in the Bios. If not swap the data cables over.

The jumpers on Sata hard drives set the speed so they can be used in an older computer, you should remove the jumper.

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Im trying to install windows Xp to my new computer but i dont have a floppy drive for it. Is there anyway i can do this?

I remember hearing some stuff about slipstreaming stuff, or maybe xp pro / 64 pit edition have the sata drivers built in?

thx a lot.

Answer:installing xp to sata without floppy drive

Trying ESP...but...failing...

What chipset is your motherboard? Most of them don't need the F6 drivers unless you are using RAID.

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I have a Gigabyte GA-8ik1100 with SATA. I bought a 250GB SATA drive, used drove clone - a freeware utility to copy the Windows partition over to the new drove from my IDE drive. The coppy appears tohave worked. I remove the old IDE drive and the system will not boot. It sees the drive in the POST and BIOS.
When I tried to install Windows - it won't see the drive either.
I went into the BIOS auto detected each drive and it does indeed see the drive

What am I doing wrong?
I tried setting the jumper to 150bit and CSS mode - same thing.
Also, the hard drive light is dim - not flashing.

Answer:Installing SATA drive - won't boot?

You may have to install the SATA Drivers before the installation for windows to see the Drive.

My reccomendation is to use Nlite to Intergrate them into the CD.
Just google it.

Your other option is to use the Utility CD provided by the motherboard to install them. In some cases you have to create them using a Floppy on another PC.

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Just got a Dell Dimension 8400 yesterday. Went to partition the 80G drive for my needs and used fdisk to delete partitions. I popped in my XP recovery disk and it started to load some files then got to a point where it prompts 3 options. Install XP, Repair XP, and some other option. I select to install XP and says that no hard disk can be found. I copied the SATA/RAID drivers onto a floppy from the Resource CD and copied them by pressing F6 and I still get the same result. Any ideas?

I called tech support and they are sending me a new HD with XP installed on it but I still would like to get this resolved for future reference.

Answer:Problem installing XP on a SATA drive

what controller?

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I run an Abit IS7-E mobo in my system. It has connectivity for SATA drives.

I just installed my new SATA drive and was quite happy until I noticed I have no power connector for it.

All my power connectors are the old type I suppose although my PSU is around 18 months old.

The power connector the drive needs looks like a SATA connection but wider. I have no idea what to do.

Is there a cable I can buy to convert the old power connectors into the new SATA type?

PLease help. Baffled.



Answer:Problems installing SATA drive

You need an adapter like this connectors&doy=6m1

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I just got a SATA drive and I've been trying to install Windows XP Pro on it. Currently I'm running windows off a 40 gig IDE drive. If I unplug the IDE drive and try to boot off the XP CD it will say "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration" but wont ask me to "Push any key to boot off the CD". If the IDE drive is plugged in I boot off the XP disk and push F6 when prompted and load the drivers off a floppy disk. I choose to install windows onto the SATA drive when asked and get to the part where it says "Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds". The computer reboots and the screen just stays black. Ive tried setting the SATA drive to 1 on the boot priorities list with the same result.

Answer:Installing Windows XP on a SATA Drive

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i just bought a barebones dfi pt880al with on board sata controller.
im using cd-rw on secondary ide master and an 80g sata hard drive on
sata 0. i've made a floppy with latest drivers for via vt8237 sata controller
so i can F6 during XP install and load sata raid driver. this all goes well and it even formats my sata drive but than xp goes out to a: and an error comes up and says setup cannot copy the file: viamraid.sys
i've tried everything with the floppy, even putting that file in different directorys, but i know it sees it because earlier xp used it down in the task screen. i spent so far 42 hours on this and its now x-mas eve and my women
will be disappointed for x-mas. please help someone!!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:installing xp pro sp2 on a single sata drive?

please only post the same problem once

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Hi I am a newcomer here, and I have been searching for answers to my Raid problem, but can not find any related answers here, nor in other Forums that I have been searching.
In short I am now knocking on doors on people who appear to have knowledge with Raid questions, and you are one of them.
So here I go, I am trying to install a 80 Gig Seagate SATA drive as boot single drive. My Motherboard MSI 6570K7N2G has no SATA connectors, so I installed a PCI SATA - IDE Combo Controller Card Promise Fast Track 376. SATA 150
The drivers for this card are installed and recognized in Device Manager
Seagate Disk Utility can see the drive gives the ok, now comes the problem if I give the Fast Track Utility a assignment like 1+0 Stripe Windows that is XP Pro SP3 can see the drive in My Computer and Disk Management as Basic, Active, Online, and Healthy.
But I can not install XP onto that drive, I have the drivers unzipped on a Floppy pressing F6 then after loading some drivers S to install the Raid off the Floppy all this runs smoothly but then when Windows gets ready to install it will tell me Windows can not detect any hard drive. If I do the same without setting a Raid assignment Windows will not see the drive at all and the result is the same.
I have been told that I should be setting up a 1+0 Single Drive Array, but I can not do it all I can do is Stripe or Mirror for Performance, for the live of me I can not change that setting to single disk.
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Answer:Installing XP onto SATA Drive With PCI Controller

u have to have 2 or more drives to set up a RAID array, sounds to me u need a new mother board with SATA slots.

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Hi guys,

I'm not really clued up on hardware issues like installing hard drives (at least, SATA ones) etc so I'm looking for some help please.

I have a spare hard drive bay in my PC and it's SATA connections on my motherboard. I have four SATA ports, two of them together (with one hard drive already connected) and two in a different area (with DVD drive already connected).

I bought a new SATA drive to add to the one I already have installed, but forgot to buy a SATA cable to connect it! (There is a spare power connector for the new drive.)

What I need help on is what type of cable to buy. I've had a look around but there are so many different ones and I'm lost as to which to go for. Is cable or connector colour important? Anything else I need to know before making a decision?

Thank in advance,

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I've got two 320GB WD Caviar (SATA2) HDDs, and I can't seem to get the second to read as a slave. This is the first time I begun using Serial ATA, so I'm used to the IDE jumpers. The packing that came with the HDDs (from an Internet company) was just anti-static wrapping, with no instructions, and I can't seem to find the proper thread over on the WD site.

Can anyone help me out with this?

PS is it better to have "Spread Spectrum Clocking" enabled or disabled?


EDIT: My motherboard is an ASUS P5K and the HDDs are hooked into the SATA1 hookup (my boot drive) and the SATA2 hookup (of the 4 possible mobo hookups)

Answer:Installing a slave SATA drive

I think that you need to remove the jumpers from your drive in order to set it as slave.

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I am trying to do a fresh install of winxp pro SP1a on my Maxtor serial ata drive. However it just can't see the drive when it gets to the installation screen. I have tried installing third party drivers by pressing F6, but it has no effect. I am running dry of ideas to what is going wrong. Please helpThanks

Answer:Installing Winxp on a Sata drive

After you press F6, at some stage, you'll be asked to insert a floppy for the SATA disk controller driver. Do you have it? If not, the driver should be on the motherboard CD, just find the right folder and copy on to a floppy.If you know the model of your motherboard, you can also download it from the mobo website.On some BIOS, there is an option to set the SATA hdd as a legacy IDE or something like that, in which case if you select that, you don't need to install the SATA driver.

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Chaps, need help with reinstalling XP to a SATA drive if you can please... Story so far;

- In the PC there?s a single SATA HD, (and IDE CD drives where I?m booting the XP CD from).
- BIOS sees the single SATA HD okay. Boot order is HD then CD.
- Boot from WinXP CD (I?ve tried 2 separate CD?s) and run setup.
- Setup sees drive, formats as NTFS to single partition. Great stuff.
- Setup finishes copying files to SATA drive okay and reboots. So far so good.
- ...Crunch? ?Error loading operating system?.

Erm, what am I doing wrong???


Answer:Installing WinXP to a SATA drive - is it possible?

Set your Boot order to CD first HD second

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I'm trying to install XP on a new HP pavillion desktop that came with vista. It has a Foxconn mcp73 motherboard and a sata hd. When I try to install XP, I boot from CD it starts to load and I get a setupdd.sys error code 7. I've tried switching the sata controller setting in the bios from ahci to ide, but that didn't work. I've also tried slipstreaming the storage controller drivers in textmode etc... but I still get the error

I've tried 2 sets of the drivers 1 from foxconn's site and the other from nvidia. I was thinking about trying the mass storage on but haven't yet.

What do I need to do to get XP to install?

Answer:Help with installing XP (SATA drive issue)

I had very similar problem with XP install - after 3 day I gave up ..... Installed Vista which is working without problems

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Folks,I've just taken delivery of a new PC for my dad, (which I've not even powered up yet), and an extra HDD to install in it.I've never worked with SATA devices before... I know I'm going to have to get a sata lead to connect the device to the motherboard, and connect power to it...One thing I'm not sure about is the Master/slave situation...I believe I've heard/read that there is no such thing as master/slave difference with sata devices, and there are no jumpers to set. Is that right?That being the case, how do I distinguish between the two drives for boot up purposes? I'm guessing that I get into the BIOS and there will be a choice between SATA sockets in the Boot Order menu... Is that right? (Sorry if this seems lazy... I'm trying to get it straight in my head before I start!)Assuming it is as simple as that I guess I can just find the drive and then format/partition it once I'm in windows?I've built a few PCs before, but not for a while, and never using SATA devices. I'd welcome any things I should look out for!Thanks in advance,Regards,Simsy

Answer:Installing new SATA hard drive...

Your absolutely correct, there are no jumpers for master/slave. If you want this drive as back up then just connect it up, boot into windows and format it. If you do want it as boot drive, then go into the bios and change its boot order to first boot drive listed under hard drives.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E3400 @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2013 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset, 782 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 468935 MB, Free - 415172 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, G41M4 (MS-7592), 1.0, To be filled by O.E.M.
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Installing 2nd SATA drive 4 backup

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just built new system which incorporates a maxtor 120g sata hard drive. it does'nt seem to want to load up in windows XP. i have downloaded drivers from m/b website and copied them to floppy. when asked to insert floppy during loading of xp it scans the floppy but wont load. ive checked messages from other sites and seems to be a common problem. ive checked everything i can think of and it seems the drivers is the answer but cant get them to load. please can anyone help.

Answer:installing new sata hard drive

What files have you copied to the floppy?

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I have been trying to install XP Home, SP2, onto a brand new SATA drive, but am having problems. I realise that this is a recognised issue and have read a lot of information about how to go about doing this successfully. Problem is, that even after installing drivers, it still won't work.

Here is what I have done so far.

I popped the manufacturers disk into my other pc and have taken a look at its contents. I have browsed through the contents of the CD supplied with the motherboard and decided to view the contents of a folder named RAID. Inside this folder there is another folder named VIA. Inside this folder there are several more folders and I decided to look in the folder named DriverDisk. Inside driver disk folder there are two folders and a file, named PIDE, RAID, and TXTSETUP.OEM, which is exactly what the tutorial says I should be looking for.

I copied these folders and file to a freshly formatted floppy.

Going back to the non-working PC, I wait for the prompt to select F6. After pressing F6 the windows software continues to load and after a short time arrives at a screen asking me to insert the floppy containing the third party drivers into A: drive. I insert the floppy and hit enter. The floppy drive powers up and I am asked to select from about 4 different versions of Windows. I select XP. The drivers apparently load. The instalation of Windows continues up to the point where it asks me to select whether I want to install Windows XP, repair Windows XP, or q... Read more

Answer:Problems Installing XP on SATA Drive

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Hey all,I recently bought a dell inspiron 1720, it comes with Vista home premium, now I just dont like the program, its slow and eats ram and I just dont like the lay out of it. Installing XP wouldnt be that hard only the inspirion has a sata hard drive and XP wont regognize it.I've followed THIS TUTORIAL to make a custom XP disc (I used an xp disc with sp2)I replaced the driver download link with one off dell's website for the inspiron 1720 and extracted the exact same driver file.""SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)""Even with the updated disc when I try to install windows xp onto the laptop, it starts to install and then just says incompatible and asks me to search for a solution and says there is none.Any help you could give will be greatly appreciated.(I can post any screenshots you might need, just let me know)Thank you.

Answer:Installing Xp Onto Sata Hard Drive

try going into bios, boot options, set sata support to ON. Not all bios menus are the same, you may have to look around, but it's a common option.

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I want to installing 2 - 200 GB WD Sata drives on Raid 0 with window xp OS for my new computer, but I'm not sure during the partition and format process, will window xp recognize the drive for setup? cause I have told that window xp can't recognize drive large than 137 GB, and the installing CD I have, dose not have SP1 on it,I do know the F6 trick, I just have to make sure any drive limitation for Sata drive, please help, Thank You.

Answer:Installing Sata drive with window xp

If you set up the drivers for the SATA controller during setup and use NTFS partitions there shouldn't be any problem. Read this for further insight:

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i lost the floppy that came w/ my mobo so i went to the mobo's site (abitusa) and d/l their sata drivers here:

step by step here is what i did:

d/l the drivers.

unzipped the file.

after unzipping the file it created a folder w/ drivers for intel, silicon, and via then there was a file called txtsetup.oem sitting in there w/ the sub folders.

I transferred the whole folder to a formatted floppy disk

rebooted machine, ran windows cd rom

pushed f6 to install sata drives

inserted floppy and pushed enter when prompted

a message appears that says could not find txtsetup.oem (even though i know it is on the floppy!)

am i missing a step???

i have a few ideas that could make this work...i was going to try these, but if someone could save me the headache i'd appreciate it!

i was thinking maybe use an unformatted disk, try copying just the "via drivers folder" to the floppy, etc... but can anyone think of why i am getting the could not find txtsetup.oem error???

Answer:Trouble installing SATA drive on XP HELP!!!

moved file to via folder and it worked

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I just recently ditched an IDE drive in my PC in order to lower the total temperature in my rig. Unfortunately this drive was where Vista was installed. I had two SATA drives that I wanted to use, one for my linux install and one for Vista. My Ubuntu linux install is on my 1TB disk that installed just fine, and the drive that was to be used for Vista was formatted and partitioned as NTFS. I've dual-booted using a similar setup before, but not with Vista on SATA. When the Vista install runs and I get to the point of choosing a drive it states it cannot use the selected drive, a 160gb western digital WD-1600JS. It doesnt even recognize it as being NTFS, even after using G-parted to partition the drive. I ran the drivepart command line utility in Vista (shift+F10 on partition screen), but it never quite finished. I read that I may need to preload drivers during this portion of the installation in order to get Vista to install on a SATA drive, but I have found conflicting reports of Vista installing on SATA drives. Some say it works w/o the drivers. After searching the Western Digital site for such drivers i'm coming up short. Right now im trying to determine if I can have my BIOS read the SATA drive as a PATA, and thus somehow get around the problem that Vista may not be installing on the drive because it see's it as SATA and can't install. In any case im coming up against a wall, and I'd hate to reinstall my IDE drive again just to run Vista. Any help would be apprecated.

Answer:Vista not installing to SATA drive

Hello devosion,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

Have you gone into the bios and activated the second sata port. I had to do this when I added a second sata drive.

Hope this helps.


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Ok.  I've got a Compaq Deskpro with a Pentium III and I don't remember how much RAM.  It had a Seagate U8 IDE HDD in itthat had 6Gb in it and ran Windows 98 SP1 or older.My main computer now is an Acer laptop with XP Home.  I connect to the Internet with a Lynksys Wi-Fi router.My initial problem was this:  Windows 98 SP1 or older does not support Wi-Fi.  So, I cannot download SP2 from Microsoft (do they even have it there anymore?  If they do, could someone provide a link?) because my Router is in another part of the house.So I got the bright idea to buy a new HDD and install XP Pro (aquiried through MSDNAA) on it.  Well, I didn't even know that a new HDD setup had been made. I bought a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 with 160Gb on it.  Lo and behold, the plugs weren't the same.    Now I did try to amend this by buying a "IDE to SATA Adapter" from a CompUSA that was shutting down.  I installed that and hooked up my new HDD to it.The problem now is I'm getting an error #1782 "Disk Controller Failure"  "No fixed disc present."So my question is:  Why isn't this working?  Did I miss something?Here are some pictures if they are any help: This one is of my error.This is of the IDE to SATA adapter I bought.  If you want a better look at it, I can scan the box if you like.Thanks in advance,LB

Answer:Installing an SATA drive in an IDE motherboard

I'm not familiar with the Compaq bios but is there a sata setting in Advanced Bios Settings?

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Am I doing something wrong here?

Last night I tried installing Vista and Windows 7 onto a sata drive. These were clean install attempts. When getting to the point where its asks to load the drivers, I point it to the drivers I downloaded for my mobo, but after it installs the driver, it still does not detect the drive. This happened in both Vista and 7. I was trying to install the x64 bit version for both. If I go and reload the driver again, it no longer shows up as compatible hardware.

Drive shows up in BIOS just fine.

I tried with the drivers off of the mobo disk too and same results. I'm a little stumped.

Also tried AHCI vs IDE mode for SATA, no difference.

The drive was working as I just pulled it from another machine earlier that day.

I've installed 7 before on the same drive on an older Intel board and it worked fine after installing drivers.

Any tips? Installing it on an Asus M4A78T-E board.
Edit: Just occured to me that maybe I should have posted this in the Motherboard section.

Answer:Installing Vista/7 on sata drive

7 supports AHCI without drivers, and im pretty sure vista does as well. I didnt need anything to install on my AHCI board anyway.

This was on an intel p35 chipset board.

Have you tried it without installing drivers?

Is it on a raid or external port or something?

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Hey Guys, I have a R60 9456 - DRM I have had to take out an old Corrupted hard drive and replace it with a new SATA Drive. The drive has been recognised by Bios, but during the XP install I get a message saying that no hard drives were found. I downloaded the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver for Windows XP, Vista (32bit) - ThinkPad" and tried both the Mobile ICH8M-E and Mobile ICH8M-E/M Drivers (these were the only "mobile" Drivers in the list, the other two were ICH9 and ICH8R/ICH9R for Desktop/Server/Workstation), neither of these worked. Another thing in the readme for the driver download it says - If your system has Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller,       select Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile       ICH8M-E/M), and press Enter.     - If your system has Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller,       select Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH7M/DH),       and press Enter. but the driver package only contained the ICH8 Drivers. If anyone has had a similar poblem or has any ideas any help would be awesome. Cheers  

Answer:Installing XP on new Sata Drive (Drive not found)

hazamus, welcome to the forum,all you need to do is set the hard drive to compatability mode istead of ahci in bios, then you can install the driver after you have installed windowsPress F1 when booting in order to enter bios, select config menu and then the serial ata menu, change the setting from AHCI to compatability mode.You can find drivers here, or you could use System Update which should get everything you need automatically.Happy installing

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