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Windows setup can find my hard drive!!!

Question: Windows setup can find my hard drive!!!

I am currently trying to get my old destop pc back up and running, in trying to do so when I turn on the pc it goes straight in to windows setup and askes me to insert my windows XP recovery disk.
After doing so it loads files from the disk for a short time then when the screen says"STARTING WINDOWS" it shows me a message saying"Set up did not find any disk drives installed on your computer" tere is a 80GB hard drive installed and fitted correctly in the system.
Would be great if anyone could point me in the right direction to resolving my problem.



Thanks

Gary

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Preferred Solution: Windows setup can find my hard drive!!!

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Answer: Windows setup can find my hard drive!!!

I'd first run diagnostics on the hard drive . . it may have failed.

Samsung http://www.samsung.com/global/busine...ort_HUTIL.html
Seagate/Maxtor/Quantum http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/sup...oads/seatools/
Western Digital http://support.wdc.com/download/
IBM/Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT
fujitsu/Seimens http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download...es/#diagnostic
IBM/Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT

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Hello, Trying to fix an old dinosaur of a PC for my gf.Got a SATA drive and on installing windows I get "Setup did not find any hard disk drives"From what I've read I can make an alternate xp boot CD with the Sata drivers but cannot find the right 'text-mode Sata' drivers.The motherboard reads : V266b rev which seems to be JETWAY although the only drivers I can find are Audio and Bios related.If anyone can be of assistance, Thanks a lot!

Answer:Windows Setup: Setup did not find any hard disk drives

You simply need a Windows XP installation CD including SP3. It supports SATA.This Windows XP SP3 CD needs to be the same version as the one, you got an activation code for.E.g.:If you have activation code for Windows XP Home, you need Windows XP Home including SP3.For Windows XP Professional, you need Windows XP Professional including SP3.a.s.o.http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/win...

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Hi, I have the same problem with the same computer.How did you resolve your problem?Please, give some feedback!

Answer:Windows Setup: Setup did not find any hard disk drives…

Read this: http://www.raymond.cc/blog/install-...

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Odd problem I'm having...

My Asus netbook won't boot to the OS (Win XP Home, SP3). Seagate seatools says the disk is fine, Acronis boot disk looks at the disk and performed an image restore, reporting success. The Asus restore disk performed an OEM restore, and reports success, but the OS still won't load. So the last thing I did was boot to the XP setup ISO, and it quits because it says it can't find the hard disk. It won't take me far enough to load the recovery console. Anyone got any ideas?

DBear

Answer:Setup can't find hard drive

What is the exact error message...after using the built-in restore-to-factory-defaults feature?

System model?

Louis

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I have just purchased a Campaq Presario laptop v3607TU. It came with only "FreeDos" installed. If I boot up, it goes to the c prompt, and I can see call the directories on the hard drive.

I inserted my Windows XP bootable disk into the CD/DVD slot, and restarted. It booted from the CD, and the setup files begin to be read. Then I get a message that says, Setup cannot find any hard drives on your computer. The only option is F3 QUIT.

Any helps available?

Thanks
Paul
 

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Hi

I formatted my Hard drive on a IBM Laptop and have since tried reloading XP setup but it gets to the point where it is about to start setup and gives the msg "setup did not find any hard disks on your computer, make sure HDD are powered on or properly connected etc.. I have tried Hirens boot disk and can find the HDD using the disk, I have loaded the XP file system on this way but again it will only load so far and stops. Not sure what to try next?
I have used the boot disk to run HDD scans and they all come up showing no errors.

Anyone had this happen to them and kept their sanity??!!

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks muchly
Lozzle
 

Answer:XP setup cant find Hard Drive on laptop

Is it a SATA HDD? I suspect it is. If so, you need to load SATA drivers either from a floppy disc at the F6 prompt or by slipstreaming them into an updated installation disc.
 

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Bought the computer from a friend 3 years ago and was told the set up was on the hard drive and i wasnt given a disk. Having problems now and want to re-install windows but cant find the file name, can anyone help? Does re-installing work or will i see improvements by increasing RAM and GB, both i have found are really low on this system?

Answer:Can't find setup disk on hard drive

Reinstalling can improve certain things and adding more memory or a bigger hard disk will certainly do you no harm but that may not be necessary.Try using Windows search/ find files and look for *.CAB and/or setup.exe on your C: drive (assuming your hard disk is assigned to C: on your PC)If you are using Windows 98, the setup files may be in a folder called win98 (that's the folder name they are in when on the Windows CD) or some people (myself included) often put them in C:\WINDOWS\Options\Cabs.Before you reinstall you will also need the product code for Windows, so you may need to hunt around in the registry unless you have it written down. If you need help with this post again and one of us will walk you through it.

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Having problems with an HP nc6400 Laptop.
Here's what happens:
Microsoft Windows splash screen comes up. Then the options for Safe Mode,
Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known Good
Configuration, and Start Windows Normally. I've tried all the options
including Last Known Good Configuration and it returns to same screen. If
nothing is chosen, Windows reboots on its own. I have a full XP Pro
Installation Disc and was going to try a repair of Windows using it. I set
the laptop to boot off CD... Press any key to boot from CD. (Setup is
loading files). Windows Setup screen appears.

I Press R to repair Windows. Next screen is "Setup did not find any hard
disk drive in your computer. Setup cannot continue." The same message appears if you go to actually install Windows. Any ideas? Thanks.

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drive in your computer

I think your HDD is corrupted. Can you run a Linux (Ubuntu) Boot-CD, and can it see anything on the drive? If so, I would back up everything you can. Your HDD may be dying.

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I just purchased a via vt6421 RAID controller. I have 2 EIDE 160 GB HD connected to it and am attempting to load XP pro. I am unable to find any real instructions, and I have yet to install an O.S. on a raid so I am sure it is something I am doing wrong.
I found the folder called "floppy" on the cd that came with it and put it's contents on a floppy drive which are:
jraid.cat jraid.sys jraid_f.inf and last txtsetup.oem

It appears to find a driver and loads it for the raid controller, but when I am to the point to choose where to install the O.S., it says it couldn't find any harddrives.

I really think it is a driver problem since the same drives connected the same way show up when I boot into windows with my other HD.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Solved: Raid Controller Setup cannot find hard drive

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I have a ASUS & Intel 845pe Motherboard, AMD Athlon tm XP 1800+ Model 8 computer. I bought an Ultra 31664 1024 DDR PC3200 400MHZ yesterday to upgrade my RAM. I have 2 256mb DDR PC2700 memory sticks. I made sure it was compatible with my system before I installed. I found that I could install a 1024 MB stick after I ran the system scanner from www.crucial.com. My system has a max = 3072 MB, 1 slot available, no dual channel support, cpu speed 1492 mhz, and does not support ECC.

When I installed the memory stick in the slot and booted my computer I got an error - CMOS checksun error. Pressed F1 and got after veryfing DMI Pool Data...

BOOt from CD :
NVIDIA Boot Agent,PXE-2.0 (build 082 V1.82)

PXE-E61: Media Test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent.
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

I checked all cables and rebooted and got the same message. I took out the Ultra 31644 stick and still got the same error. It seems that something happened to my hard drive.

I booted with Windows XP CD to repair (I thought the registry was bad), but after I hit repair I got this message: SETUP DID NOT FIND ANY HARD DRIVE DISK DRIVES INSTALLED IN YOUR COMPUTER. How can this happen when the only think I did was to install more memory?

Is there a way to recover what I have in my hard drive?

Can you help me fix this problem? Can a hard drive be ruined installing a memory stick? Did I install the wrong memory and ruined the hard drive? ... Read more

Answer:Setup Did Not Find Any Hard Drive Disk Drives Installed In Your Computer

Did ya knock the connection loose when installing the ram?
 

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Still working on getting my first custom built computer up...trying to install winxp...however when the CD finally loads up setup...it detects that the HD is not formatted and needs to be, but then it says the following:'

"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and thatany disk-related hardwareconfiguration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic orsetup program.

Blah blah blah setup cannot continue"

But the HD is being recognized at boot up, when it detects my IDE devices. I've checked the connections...the HD is hooked up properly to the power supply, and to the IDE ribbon and IDE1 port. Its also set as Master. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 

Answer:windows setup cannot find any hard disks

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I am attempting to perform a clean install of Windows XP Home Edition using a CD. Everything seems to run perfectly fine, until I get to the step asking for me to press 'Enter' if I wish to continue with the Setup.

When I do so, it leads me to a screen stating:

"Setup did not find any hard disc drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disl-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program."
The strange thing is, I've opened up the laptop, and the hard disk is there, connected, and as far as I can tell, receiving power.

The manufacturer-supplied disc was either lost or non-existent.
If it helps any, my machine happens to be a Compaq Presario v3530TU Notebook.


Many thanks to all who reply and/or offer suggestions.
 

Answer:Windows XP Setup can't find Hard Drives

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Answer:Lenovo 0764-32G Can't install Windows Xp "Setup did not find any hard...

please integrate intel ahci driver into your xp cd using winlite program.

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Recently I bought this computer.
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http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...d-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?
 

Answer:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

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Recently I bought this computer.
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I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...-installation/
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?

Answer:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

Ok Im confused.
Please clarify a thing or two.

According to the site it comes with XP.
Did it?

In your post you state that you are trying to put SP2 on it.
Is this a XP disk that has SP2 built into it?
If it is and you already have XP running you wont need that.

Please clarify and we will get you sorted out.

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So here's my issue...
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Setupdd.sys, PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
0X0000008E (0XC0000005, 0X8081A799, 0XF6F61778, 0X00000000)
 

Answer:New hard drive... can't setup windows XP

I think you should go to BIOS and setup your primary hard drive.
 

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My basic question is, how would be the best way to manage this. I figure I should have windows on the SSD (which it already is), everything else on another HD and use the third as a backup drive. The only problem is, I just tried to copy a bunch of stuff from the C (SSD) drive, where it automatically installed and now I have programs (games, office, etc.) on various drives and I'm not sure what I can uninstall and move without messing with windows.

I have been told I can set the default install drive. What would be my best course of action to utilize the 3 drives optimally?

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

edit: Sorry if this is in the wrong place, wasn't sure how to describe the issue.
 

Answer:3 Hard Drive Setup/Windows 7 64-bit

the problem with a lot of apps are, is the fact that they almost always install thigns into the C:\Program Files folder.

you can use symlinks so that to Windows, C:\Program Files is on the C: drive, but the symlink is actually pointing it to Program Files folder on your D: drive.

there's some threads around here talking about how to use symlinks and the like.
 

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Hello you!
I want to thank you for the extraordinary work that you be trying to achieve. Congratulations.
My question is:

During the reinstallation of Windows 7, the operating system did not find the hdd. on some forum I visit they have to say download the drivers. but I do not know where to find its drivers

already thank you for your support

info:
Dell Inspiron M5030.
CPU: AMD Athlon (tm) ii P360 Dual-core processor
Chipset: AMD M880G
Bios: American Megatrends
HDD: WDC-WD3200BPVT 75ZEST0
service tag (s / n): BODP3N1

Answer:windows 7 setup cannot found the hard drive

Make sure HD shows up in BIOS Setup. Test it now by booting into Dell Diagnostics by tapping F12 key at boot.

Where did you get the Win7 installer? Did you burn the DVD yourself? Is this a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7? Everything you need is in the blue link.

If it fails, wipe the HD after backing up all data and making your Recovery Disks if you want them.

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I'm trying to reformat my folks PC, the windows xp setup loads, but then when I go to reformat it doesn't see a hard disk. I go into the bios and the hard disk is there. The drive is SATA if that matters. Any ideas to get this to work?

Answer:Windows setup doesn't see hard drive

Sounds like you need the sata drivers for that HDD and XP dont have them. Do you have a cd that came with their pc or is it a custom built one? You may need to see what kind of sata drive it is and then go to the mantufactures website, download the drivers, then either put them on a floppy or slipstream them into a new XP cd.

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Hi. Well to start out I tried to format a partition on my computer I made after recently reinstalling windows xp onto my computer and shortly after the formatting was finished my computer shut down. I then spent a few hours searching for possible answers.

Not finding one from the Internet nor my brother or friends I decided the only way forward would be to reinstall windows or try to use the windows repair function on the installation disc. Much to my confusion after trying to do so a screen popped up saying that windows couldn't find a hard-drive connected to the computer.

I have absolutely no idea what to do so I would thought pleading for your help would be a necessary option. So please if you can help I would be very appreciative.

Thank you for reading and possibly helping.

My apologies for posting two threads. As I am currently posting from my iPod, as soon as I find a way to delete the other thread I will. until the I would appreciate it if anyone with any information could post on this thread.

Thank you and sorry again.

Answer:Windows setup not finding hard-drive.

if the hard drive is sata xp has no native support for sata

set it to be seen as ide in the bios

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Hi

I purchased a new hard drive as my old one broke. I have plugged it in correctly (checked this with seagate diagnostic tools which recognise the hard drive is plugged in and allowed me to do a quick scan to check it was ok.) When I run windows xp installer it cannot find a hard drive. Please help. The following is the harddrive information and processor:

The new hard drive is:
Seagate ST3500630AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 16MB Cache 7200RPM - OEM

I am using the following processor I bought 3 years ago:
AMD (Newcastle) Athlon 64bit 3400+ 512kb L2cache 754pin Retail Boxed Processor with 3 Year Warranty and Fan Included

Since buying the processor I seem to have lost the setup disk that came with.

Thanks

James
 

Answer:Windows xp setup not finding new hard drive. Please help

More than likely if your bios recognizes the drive and XP does not you will need a driver which can be loaded from floppy or CD when XP setup first starts you will see a prompt at the bottom of the screen something like "Press F6 to load 3rd party drivers"
 

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Plz help,

I got a virus in my system that has halted my entire system. My laptop wont even start. So i tried to format it with windows 7 (32 bit), the Bootable CD loads fine, but the setup does not shows any partition in my drive.

The error message is no drive found.

I was worried that my hard disk may have crashed, so i started my laptop using ubuntu 9.04 live CD, and it worked.
But I had 3 partitions in my drive...
1. C (primary)
2. D (Documents and imp DATA)
3. E (some other data)
Ubuntu can only detect C: drive, It is unable to mount D or E drive. And i have loads of data, very imp documents and projects in it.

Plz suggest how can i load my windows in my laptop. How can i make my setup detect my drive.

Answer:Windows 7 setup cannot load Hard drive

Work through these steps which will confirm the infection is cleaned up, repair System files and attempt to start Win7, then if necessary copy out files before running Factory Recovery or Clean Reinstalling: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot - Windows 7 Forums

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Hi, everyone. I am currently having a problem booting my other computer. When I tried to start it up the other day, something was wrong with the ACPI Controller. It told me to boot from the setup CD so I inserted the disk and it proceeded to boot windows. However, I'm getting an error message that Windows is not detecting my Hard Drive and that Windows XP is not installed on my computer. I am not installing Windows, this simply just started happening.

Answer:Windows Setup Not Detecting Hard Drive

Sounds like your hard drive has died or the cable is faulty or loose.
Go into the bios and see if that can see the h/drive.
Bri

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Hi,

A few days ago my computer with Windows XP Home SP3 got infected with a variant of the Virut virus. As a result some Windows system files (e.g. logonui.exe, winlogon.dll, userinit.exe) got infected.

In order to try to resolve this problem, I performed the steps below. However I ended up in a situation whereby Windows XP Setup does no longer detect any partition on my hard disk. My question is therefore: how can I make sure that Windows XP Setup sees my hard disk again?

Here are the most important steps I performed since detecting the virus:

1. Originally I had only Windows XP Home SP3 installed.

2. I wanted to perform a repair install of Windows XP Home SP3 to restore the original system files, but accidentally used the installation CD of Windows XP Professional SP2, and therefore started the installation of Windows XP Professional SP2 on the hard disk partition as Windows XP Home.

3. I interrupted the Windows XP Professional, but some files got installed. After that I had a dual boot option (for Home and Pro). I ended up with two Windows directories on the same partition: one called Windows (the original one, for Home), and one called Windows.0 (for Pro).

4. After that I deleted the files of the Windows.0 directory while logged into Home. The dual boot is not gone yet, but when I boot Pro, the system crashes (the error message being that the Hardware Abstraction Layer could not be found).

5. I am now trying what I wanted to do originally: restore ... Read more

Answer:Windows XP setup does not detect hard drive anymore

I would boot into your Home XP and save any files you want to a flash drive, burned CD or to another networked computer.
Boot off of the Windows CD, Delete all partitions that you have, and create a new Partition and reinstall Windows.

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Hey guys...

Just finished up a new pc with a MSI motherboard (K8M890 chipset) with a WD sata hard drive.

All of the hardware appears to be functioning properly, and the hard drive is present in BIOS. When trying to load Windows XP I receive an error - no hard drive found. This is immediately upon installation, I do not get the option to choose a drive,partition,etc...

I'm assuming that I need to load the drivers from the MSI cd, but its not bootable. So how can I do that without first loading an OS? I read similar topics on this board, but most ended with 'load the sata drivers.' Shouldn't my MSI disc be bootable? Or am I overlooking something?

I should mention that this is my first sata hd install, but power and sata cables are connected and as I mentioned the drive is present in BIOS.

Any other information needed please let me know. Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:SATA hard drive not recognized in Windows XP setup

If you aren't careful when connecting the SATA drive, you might overlook something.... I did that while rebuilding a friends computer... Some computers have SATA headers in different places. One set will be the main set, and another set is for RAID configurations. Check the product manual (mobo's) to make sure it is in the correct bank of headers. When I had the drive in the RAID socket, it wouldn't see the drive, if I put it in the other bank, it was fine. There are likely steps that can lead you to use the drive on the RAID header, but it is probably more hassle than it is worth.

Good luck with the rest of the build.

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Yes, I just want to RAID 0 two hard drives and put it in my current system. Do I just simply set the options in the RAID menu during post and simply format them in Windows XP? Or do I still have to install drivers?
 

Answer:I want to setup a hard drive RAID 0 without installing windows on it

for raid, you need drivers. but firstyou need to turn on the raid controller in bios, and then enter the raid configuration utility upon the next reboot where you can set up the array. not all motherboards do it this way, and i'm assuming that you have the raid controller integrated int o the motherboard (not an add-in card). once you get that set up, install the windows drivers. you can then partition and format the volume using disk management.
 

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When I try to reinstall windows (everything was deleted), I come to a screen then hit ENTER to install windows, but then I get a screen that tells me no hard drive is detected. I originally had windows on a 240GB SATA RAID-0 array, but after failing to install to that, I went out and bought A 10gb ide drive, but windows setup does not recognize that either!! My motherboard is an Asus P4c800-e dlx with an overclocked northwood processor (from 3.4 to 3.7) and a 6800GT with 1gb of pc-4200 ram. My hard drives are 120gb 7200.7 seagate barracudas. How do I get my system to recognize my hard drives? Thank you so much, my brand new computer is completely DEAD.

--BiG J
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues, not recognized in Windows Setup

You need to check the jumper settings on the drive, and then check how your drive controllers are configured in the BIOS. And if your actually going to run RAID0, hopefully you'll have backups early and often. That myth was completely debunked, but to each his own.
 

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windows runs normally when I set bios to DVD drive and run the windows setup disk. When I try to run from the hard disk c from thru the bios the computer hangs up and does not continue. I feel that I may have a corrupted system file. If so is it possible to run sys c from the setup disk?

Answer:Boots from windows setup disk but not from hard drive

After swiching to the DVD drive, and done your job, On reboot, go back and switch back to the HD boot, the way it was to begin with. Then restart the PC again.

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i have a partition on my windows..i want to re-format my pc but the windows set-up says that it cannot continue the set up because it can't detect my hard disk.how can i fix this problem.pls help...

Answer:WINDOWS setup cannot detect my hard disk drive

why do you need to reformat?

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Hello all! I'm really hoping someone here can help me out with a problem, because it's driving me insane.

I just put together a new computer. Older hard drive (80GB IDE -- I'll replace that when I have money), but new CPU (Athlon II), memory (2GB DDR3), and motherboard (Gigabyte MA74GM-S2). The hard drive is slave to a master DVD-ROM.

Upon booting, the machine POSTs fine, both hard drive and DVD drive are recognized accurately.

Here's the problem. If I put in my Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, and try to install, it'll tell me it doesn't see any drives to install to. I get the Load Driver option and the Refresh option, with nothing in the box.

If I put in my Ubuntu CD, it boots up fine, sees the hard drive there, it'll even install to it without a hitch.

So, what are my options here, what can I do? Am I stuck with Ubuntu forever? I just want Windows 7 to install. I know it can, I had it installed on this very hard drive until this morning. What was my mistake, what am I missing?
 

Answer:Windows 7 Setup DVD won't recognize my hard drive; Ubuntu will.

If there is a linux partition will have to be deleted.the hdd set to master and the romdrive slave. Also the linux mbr will have to be removed and a windows mbr written to the hdd .Tools required partitioning tool http://www.partition-tool.com/download.htm
 

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Hello all! I'm really hoping someone here can help me out with a problem, because it's driving me insane.

I just put together a new computer. Older hard drive (80GB IDE -- I'll replace that when I have money), but new CPU (Athlon II), memory (2GB DDR3), and motherboard (Gigabyte MA74GM-S2). The hard drive is slave to a master DVD-ROM.

Upon booting, the machine POSTs fine, both hard drive and DVD drive are recognized accurately.

Here's the problem. If I put in my Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, and try to install, it'll tell me it doesn't see any drives to install to. I get the Load Driver option and the Refresh option, with nothing in the box.

If I put in my Ubuntu CD, it boots up fine, sees the hard drive there, it'll even install to it without a hitch.

So, what are my options here, what can I do? Am I stuck with Ubuntu forever? I just want Windows 7 to install. I know it can, I had it installed on this very hard drive until this morning. What was my mistake, what am I missing?

Answer:Windows 7 Setup won't recognise my hard drive, but Ubuntu will.

Hi -

Run HDD Diagnostics --> http://www.techsupportforum.com/2828431-post7.html

I had similar events happen; HDD had to be replaced.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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hi!these are the logs that you told me to post.i have already done the guide from the link that you send to me...[recovering disk space -- attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Re: WINDOWS setup cannot detect my hard disk drive

[Topic Split From Here: http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,65577.0.html]All right, now we have to wait for one of our Malware Specialists. 

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I was recently running windows XP professional on my Compaq 1900 laptop when my hard drive crashed, so I searched on ebay and bought the exact same model MK6014MAP (Toshiba). When i got the drive I put it in my laptop and turned it on. It didn't automatically recognized the hard drive so I put the Compaq recovery disk in to help the BIOS recognize the drive, it worked and I was able to boot from the windows XP pro setup disk. While setup was formatting my hard drive it crashed at 94%!!! So i turned off my computer but this time the BIOS didn't recognize the hard drive. So I put in the Compaq recovery disk in again and the BIOS recognized it once again but this time my Laptop won't Boot from the XP cd it just gave me a black screen. I tried booting from the cd with the hard drive removed and it works perfectly!! Can some body please help me! I love this laptop and can't live without it!!!

Answer:My hard drive is keeping me from booting to a windows pro xp setup disk!!

I am A+ certified with no experience under my belt so this is just my fart in the wind. I think you may need to look into updating the motherboards BIOS. Your BIOS should have no trouble recognizing the HDD. If that doesn't work I'd try contacting Compaq's technical support team. Hope that helps :/

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I am building an ASUS S62E laptop for a friend who wants Windows XP installed on it. The laptop is equipped with: Intel T7500, 2GB RAM 667 and a WD 80GB SATA hard drive.  After running WD Lifeguard tool to partition and format the hard drive for Windows XP, I attempted to install XP.  Windows, however stops every time and exits the install because it can't locate a hard drive.  The message comes up saying that I should check the connections or install the hard drive's software to format the drive, which I did several times.  The bios recognizes all 80GB of the WD hard drive, and I even installed PCBSD OS with no problems.  However, my friend wants XP on the drive.  I reformatted the drive with WD Lifeguard, and Windows still can't find the hard drive.  What can I try?

Answer:Windows XP can't find my hard drive

You need SATA drivers, probably.

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I have four internal hard drives C: D: E: and F:
Starting last night Hard drive E: only shows up ever so often.
Sometimes I have to reboot and it shows up but other times it doesn't.
I have removed it and pressed it back in its slot to make sure there isn't just a bad connection.
It's the same in Disk Management, E: is still missing there too.
What's going on?
All the other hard drives are fine?

Thanks

Answer:Windows does not find my hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Aperture


I have four internal hard drives C: D: E: and F:
Starting last night Hard drive E: only shows up ever so often.
Sometimes I have to reboot and it shows up but other times it doesn't.
I have removed it and pressed it back in its slot to make sure there isn't just a bad connection.
It's the same in Disk Management, E: is still missing there too.
What's going on?
All the other hard drives are fine?

Thanks



Does the bios pick up all the hard drives?.

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I just installed Windows 7 today, and while everything else has gone smooth, I can't get it to find my 2nd internal hard drive. It has no problem finding my externals and my dvd burners, and I have read through the forums and went to the Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management, only to find that the hard drive wasn't there. It is showing my primary drive and the two externals, but not the second internal drive. I went into the BIOS to see if it was being detected there, but to be honest, I'm not familiar enough with the BIOS to fool around with it.

Any suggestions? And yes, the 2nd internal hard drive was there on Vista before I installed Win7... I just have no clue as to why it can't access it now. Also, yes, I have already checked all of the cables. Everything works fine and was working fine until I installed 7.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Can't get Windows 7 to find my 2nd hard drive

Welcome to the Seven Forums! sortoffaerygirl

Your problem reminds of what was happening on the last custom case here where one storage kept disappearing while known to be in top working order. The solution was examination of the sata data cable found only slightly lfted up in the port at the board end of it.

The drive was seen in the bios post screen but not even in the Disk Management when it vanished and then returned until going over things like that assuming it could have been a cable gone bad. Sometimes a little dust or dirt will get in there over time from the warm up and cooling off along with the need to clean things up with a can of air cleaner.

First make sure both ends are all the way in. If nothing try another cable to see that's all it is. Generally unless a drive fails completely it's always some little thing like that.

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hi everyone,
i'm new to this forum and i have a problem. i just built my second computer on christmas day and everything worked untill i tried to install Windows. I got the 'Welcome to Setup' screen and pressed ENTER, but Windows then told me that there were no Hard drives installed. i've tried installing the correct drivers for the SATA but have had no luck. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. And a merry christmas to you all. thanks.

Answer:windows can't find my hard drive

When you're booting the computer, have you tried inserting the driver CD that came with your SATA drive?

These should contain info for the BIOS on how to access the SATA drive. Then you should be able to continue on to installing the OS.

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I have monitored some past posts and haven't found a solution yet. I am rebuilding an older desktop to get it back running. I have formatted and partitioned the had drive (thru another computer), installed it into my desktop. During the windows XP install it indicates that the hard drive can't be found. I installed the drivers disk and made the Raid driver required and installed it and got the same result. I can't seem to get the hard drive located to install windows on it.
P4 computer
windows XP SP1
and all system disks from Dell that came with the system. Any ideas????
looking for a solution to get windows installed and up and running. Don't want to spend a large amount of time and money as this is an older desktop. Thanks
 

Answer:Windows XP can't find hard drive

Bad hard drive, or bad install.
You are using Service Pack 1. Windows XP only works on the first 133 GB of a hard drive. You may need a Windows Disk with Service pack 2 or 3 to propertly detect and format the hard drive if larger than 132 GB... Or use a non-Dell version of Windows XP.
The product ID on the Windows sticker will still enable the enstall if you have a borrowed OEM disk of Windows XP.
 

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I'm doing a complete install from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional (apparently a simple upgrade isn't possible). But the installation never gets started, because when it asks me to select a drive to install to, the list is blank. It can't find my hard drive, and there's no way to direct it to do so.

This is odd, because Vista has always run perfectly for me, and I've never experienced any issues. All of my Windows updates and drivers are current, Microsoft Security Essentials is disabled, and still Windows 7 can't seem to find my C drive. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:Windows 7 can't find my hard drive.

Upgrade is possible. Run setup.exe when Vista is up and running. Close all apps including 3rd party firewalls and antivirus before doing so.

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Hi, again:

New computer build:

Gigabyte 970A-DS3P AM3+ DDR3
WD 1TB SATA lll Desktop Hardrive
Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA ll Desktop Hardrive
AMD FX 4300 PILEDRIVER 3.8GHZ QUAD CORE SOCKET AM3+ CPU
Gigabyte GV-N210SL-1GB GeForce 210 Graphics Card
Crucial CT51264BA160BJ 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz x2
Alpine Blue 700W 38 AMP Single Rail PSU
It's been a long week... I finally have a fresh, new, install of Windows 7 on a new GPT formatted hardrive, everything running as sweet as you could wish for. No problems.

Problem: The second 250GB hardrive, previously used as an MBR formatted data backup drive, has so far not been recognised by Windows on this new computer since Day 1... I have today removed it and put it back in the old MBR computer and deleted all the volumes/partitions on it leaving just 'unallocated space' (data loss not a problem, there are other backups)...

I have now put it back into the new computer, BIOS doesn't see it (previously the BIOS used to recognise it OK) and on entering Windows 7 Disk Management that doesn't see it either...

I'm stuck again... Any ideas? Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows 7 still can't find the second hard drive...

But it does recognize it on another machine?

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Model No. VPCF115FM.
Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 preloaded.

Recently, received this error:

"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk" and it prompted me to boot using F1 and then backup my data.

Step 1: I used Sony Vaio Care to create 2 sets of Recovery Disks and then used Drive Cloner RX to backup all of my data manually and a system image onto a new Seagate external hard drive.

Step 2: I purchased a new Hitachi 750 GB (7200 rpm) 2.5 SATA hard drive from Comp USA. The computer's original hard drive is a Hitachi HTS545050B9SA00 500 GB 5200 rpm.

Step 3: I removed the original HD and installed the new one. Then, inserted Recovery Disk 1 and then Disk 2. After the prompt to restart the computer to finalize Windows setup I received this error message:

"Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computers hardware."

I then click okay and subsequently receive this message:

"Windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation."
Q: Is there a workaround to load Windows 7 in this instance and restore my computer to original factory settings using new HD?


Note: There are no outstanding issues with the laptop. The computer came preloaded with Windows 7; I have the product key on the computer base. It also came loaded with Microsoft Office, and retreived all of my licenses for the software on my computer using SIW.

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Answer:Sony Vaio Hard Drive Failure: Windows setup could not configure ...

Try using a HD Drive under 2gb.

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I have a computer with an Abit KV8pro mother board and it has a Samsung 500GB SATA hard drive installed along with an IDE CD drive. I am trying to load XP Pro from a genuine XP pro cd. It boots up then says it finds no hard drive. This is a new hard drive with nothing on it.

I had set this computer up in the past with a different SATA drive using Windows 98 and had no problems with the drive being found. No driver floppy came with the Abit motherboard.

I have checked the bios and SATA RAID ROM and boot from SATA drive are enabled. Is there some SATA driver I need to install? If so where would I find it. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:XP setup cannot find hard disk

You need to install the sata drivers. If you don't have floppy, see this: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/resolving-setup-did-not-find-any-hard-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/

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I ran into a Compaq Presario V5000 that I am trying to reinstall XP on, because the owner conviently lost the restore disk. When i got the computer the hard drive was wiped with Killdisk for a fresh install of XP, the laptop previously ran XP by the way. Now Everytime i get to the part where it says to install Windows press enter it says: "Setup did not find any hard disk installed in your computer." I would love to chalk this one up as a loss but, any help will be appreciated short of buying a restore disk.
 

Answer:Setup can't find any hard disks

You should be able to find what discs are installed through your BIOS.

To enter the BIOS Setup, you must press a certain key or combination of keys during the initial startup sequence. Most systems use "Esc," "Del," "F1," "F2," "F10," "Ctrl-Esc" or "Ctrl-Alt-Esc" to enter setup.
There is usually a line of text at the bottom of the opening screen that tells you "Press ___ to Enter Setup."
This setup should list what hard drives and optical devices (CD/DVD players) you have on your system.
 

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How can I cause Windows 7 to recognize a new hard-drive in my laptop?

I know it can be done, but I have forgotten how.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows 7 can't find new hard drive in laptop

Welcome to the Forums

You added a 2nd hard drive and windows does not see it ?

Is it seen in the bios ?

Does it show up in disk management ?

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Hi, My PC suddenly stopped allowing me access to interent. I have tried to boot from the Windows XP CD and it has re-installed 'stuff' from the CD and a manufacturers floppy that it asked to be inserted in Drive 'A'.However I get the following message " Set Up did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer". On the blue 'set up' screen I then get the message "Examining 194475 MB Disk at Id 0 on bus 0 on viasraid" except nothing happens and the only way is to turn the PC off and go and have a calming cup of tea as I usually need one by then.I've managed to get my old PC going and gone back to dial-up with AOL to try and seek expert help as my daughter is starting her GCSEs in the next few days and the PC stores a lot of her work.Any help would be much appreciated.Thank youRichard

Answer:Windows XP Set Up did not find any Hard Disk Drive

click herethis may help...

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Hello everyone I just finished my build and am installing windows 8 but when I reach the page that should show my hard drive nothing is shown and it says they can't find drivers at the bottom can anyone help please?

Answer:Windows 8 install can't find my hard drive

Quote:





Originally Posted by ChuckTesta


Hello everyone I just finished my build and am installing windows 8 but when I reach the page that should show my hard drive nothing is shown and it says they can't find drivers at the bottom can anyone help please?




What SATA mode is your BIOS on? Have you gotten the RAID drivers to load on boot?

Sent from my Nexus 7 using TechForums

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My PC was shut due to power cut.
Next time I tried to switch it on, Windows could not load up, system had crashed.
I needed to access my files desperately, then I installed Ubuntu on it, got my files.
But now when I try to install Windows 7, it does not detect hard drive. It does not display hard drive at all. [also While system is booting it says 'BIOS installed successfully', it was never displayed before the system crash]

My question is
'Is it because of file system? even then i should be able to format hard drive and change file system'
Why is this message coming up 'BIOS installed successfully' every time I boot my computer? (I always thought, power cut only affects OS not BIOS it self.)

Help will be appreciated. Thank you.
 

Answer:Cannot install windows 7.. cannot find hard drive

Hi,

Can you give the model of the PC if store bought or the model of the motherboard? SIW should be able to tell you both. http://www.majorgeeks.com/SIW_System_Info_d4387.html

What happens after the "Bios installed sucessfully" message--do you have to do anything or does it just sit there?

How did you install Ubuntu? Did you install it on the HD or run a Live CD? Was this on the same computer that Windows won't install on?
 

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Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

I have an HP Media Center (M1170n) that had a Western Digital SATA drive (Part # wd2000). Upon initial bootup, the system indicated there was an error with the HAL.DLL file. Rather than mess with the file, I went out and bought a new hard drive and botted the system up with some recovery disks. The system booted up fine and the OS is good.

Now I am trying to run the old Hard Drive as a Slave so that I can pull the old files (Pictures/videos/text) off of it. I plugged the old SATA drive into the SATA2 drive on my motherboard, and it is recognized in BIOS, but once windows starts it does not recognize that the old drive is presents.

I have gone under "Disk Management" and even tried "Add New Hardware" and gotten no results. You can tell that the drive is spinning, so I do not think that there is a physical problem with the disk that is preventing it from being detected.

I am fairly competent in working with my PC, but this is over my head quite frankly. Was there a step that I missed? I have a lot of pictures of my kids on here and it is going to kill me if I cannot retrieve them. I have a backup DVD from 9 months ago, but I really don't want to lose the last 9 months!

Thanks again for any help.
 

Answer:Windows Can't Find Old Hard Drive as Slave

The OS is windows XP - thanks.
 

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Hi, im trying to install Windows 7, when it gets to the point of picking install location it says it cant find any drives and i need to install a mass storage driver or something. My mobo is a Abit IP35 pro and the HD is a 320Gb sata Seagate. Not sure what the prob is, any help would be greatly appreciated. I tried looking on the Abit site for the driver, but couldnt find any suited to windows 7. The sata on this mobo is - 6 x SATA 3Gb/s offer by Intel® ICH9R support Intel® Matrix Storage Tech(AHCI & RAID0/1/5/10)

Answer:Windows 7 installation can't find hard drive

Might set bios to some other settings for that drive. If intel try raid even though you don't have raid. Consider toggle between ahci and what other choice you may have for the sata. Be sure it does show up in bios.Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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Just as the title really, thanks.
 

Answer:How do I find my hard drive speed, in windows 7?

Simplest way is to do a search on the make and model of your HDD and find a spec sheet.

Raybro
 

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I recently added an external hard drive, formatted and had it up and going. Put a lot of photos and music on it. Unfortunatley I had to reinstall my Windows xp and now it wont recognize my external hard drive. The old external hard drive letters have dissapeared. How do I get my new xp to recognize my external hard, which is on a usb connection?

Answer:Windows xp can't find my external hard drive

Did you reinstall windows with the external drive connected?Did it come with any drivers or diagnostic tools?Try 'Reset Configuration Data' or Clear DMI Pool' options in the BIOS. Yes or Enabled are the options to set to.

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Hi there was wondering if anyone could help me.

I bought a new custom PC from ebay, a shop called FreshTech Solutions, so when it arrived I tried installing Windows 7 Home Premium (came with it). Obviously I need to do a custom install, as I'm not upgrading from anything, but when I get to the screen where it asks where I would like to install Windows 7, nothing is listed. I've tried loading from the disc that came with the motherboard, the Windows 7 CD itself, even the C drive (said it needed to format it, but couldn't).

I don't really know much about custom computers so was wondering if anyone could help me?

I have this - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140816631147?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_6177wt_1186

The motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77-DS3H.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows 7 Installation Help - cannot find hard drive

Hi and welcome to Bleeping computer.

Please go to the BIOS and see if the hard drive is detected if not please follow the below instructions. In order to go to the BIOS press F2 or del key during startup.

Sometime not often components can get loose during shipping, Make sure the Hard drive is physically in the connector Data and Power.

If you have a anti-static wrist strap please put it on if you don't make sure you are grounded.

1. Open the case
1b. Make sure that your grounded first by touching the chasis or the metal on the power supply
1c. check the connections to the hard drive.

and than try again with the install.

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hey i have recently purchased a HP Pavilion DV2000 laptop it came with Windows Vista pre installed and as far as i know every thing on the laptop is working the way it is suposed to. the only problm that i was having was some compatabliliy issues with Windows Vista and some of the games i play. so i wanted to install a second operating system on a seperate partition on my computer, i have had experience doing this with my old pc and every thing was going well untill i tryed booting the computer using the windows xp cd to install my second operating system. it went through the process of loading the the drivers etc. when i pressed enter select the option to install Windows Xp and i got the error message "can not find hard drive press F3 to exit.
below is some information about my laptop if its any use
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System Information
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Time of this report: 11/2/2007, 18:15:49
Machine name: DAVID-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista? Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.070627-1500)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Pavilion dv2500 Notebook PC
BIOS: Ver 1.00PARTTBL8
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5250 @ 1.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
Memory: 2038MB RAM
Page File: 1273MB used, 3022MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
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Answer:Windows XP can not find hard drive during install

i also need the answer to this, the only thing i have a problem with is windows xp, i installed linux on mine and it worked fine, just cant get windows xp pro on there, help..

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Hello,

Just installed XP Pro last week.... no problems . Last night, my computer will not work . I try to Repair from the CD, but the I get the same error over and over. I get the same error even if I try to run set from scratch. What to do??
 

Answer:Setup did not find hard disk driver.....

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AMD Athlon 2.0Ghz
ABit AV8 Motherboard with ABit uGuru BIOS
1Gb RAM
Drive 0: Western Digital Raptor 36Gb WD360GD
Drive 1: Western Digital Caviar 160Gb WD1600JD
Running Windows XP on Drive 0

I have read this topic (link below) and seem to be having a similar problem, however mine is on 2 separate hard drives.

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic18329.html

It started when I tried logging onto windows, when logging in the system started the process then immediately logged me off.

My first thought was that Windows had been damaged and proceeded to re-install.
When re-installing the following warning came up?
?Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.?
(Please note I have two different hard dives, although both made by WD)
When I boot up however, it is clear that the hard disks are recognised.

I followed the instructions of ?RealBlackStuff? and searched for the correct drivers on the WD website and copied them to floppy disks.
http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=1&swid=9
http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=2&swid=9

I went through setup and pressed F6 and installed the drivers from the disks, then when these had been loaded the setup went back to installing Windows.
When I went back to the install screen I was met by the same warning?
?Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.?

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Answer:Setup did not find hard disks (2 WD SATAs)

Disable the 360GB unplug the cable/power reboot the system. Go into the BiOS does it see the 36GB? If it doesn't try reversing the steps. If the RAID controller is damage this could be the problem? What where you doing prior to this. You had said all was working fine then what happen? Do you have any IDE drives you can connect to the MOBO then put OS on that drive. Boot up the system, then shutdown. Add the 36GB SATA only. Bootup the sytsem see if you can access the drive under XP. Repeat the process for the 360GB. If that works then the RAID controller is faulty on MOBO. If both can't be access then something happen to them.
 

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I have tried 3 different hard drives now and windows will not recognize any when trying to install windows on it.

I have a hard drive that failed, it can still partially boot up but crashes. You see the windows loading screen and crashes. I did some tests on it and it has some bad sectors.

Now I tried installing a new hard drive and the bios recognizes it. Acronis Disk Director and Partition Magic Recognize it. I used Seagate Tools and that recognized it.

I even made a 120GB partition JUST INCASE windows was having some sort of conflict with it being so big.

Still nothing.

I have also tried 3 different windows cd's

Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks

P.S. It's a Seagate Baracudda 500GB Hard Drive.
 

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I have a HP DV6400 notebook running MS XP PRO. Keyboard driver appears corrupt. Keyboard works in BOIS screens but not at login window. BT wireless mouse works so all I can do is shutdown, cannot type with mouse. Called HP support and they were useless. Read through all your threads, great info but none of the suggestions worked (use USB keyboard, etc). Concluded I need to repair the OS.

Booted from XP disk in CD/DVD drive, hit ?R? for repair (keyboard worked) and then received error; ?Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.? The only fix I found on line was to use a bootable floppy to install hdd drivers, see http://www.windowsxphome.windowsrein...exfullpage.htm.

I will need to go buy a USB floppy drive and floppies (in 2008 ? really?) in order to follow their solution.

Do you have a better suggestion?

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk installed - Why?

Hi,
Is your hard drive SATA?

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i have a sony pcv-rx850 with mindows xp home .. i just tried to do a system restore . but when i got to my second cd i found out that it was damaged and wold not work. I have contacted sony to order new cd's for my system restore . but after one of their customer service reps sent me the wrong set. I found out that they no longer have them for my system. I was told by sony to get a new windows xp home . So after serching i now have the xp home cd , but when i go to install it i get (setup did not find any hard disc drives installed ) i have found on the web reboot downloads and have used them but will not work. I have found a download from sony that should work. but the only other computer i have is a older hp with windows 98 , and i am having problems getting any downloads to a cd or floppy....
any help
thanks

cjtalbot
 

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Hello,
i got new notebook HP dv6670ej.
i have vista on it and problems with it, i tried to format and
install windows XP but in the begin after the computer loads the files,
it shows me error: setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed in your computer.
i searched for ways to fix it, one way is to disable SATA in bios, but i dont have the option in there. other way is to make a windows installation with nLite,
but i have no idea what drivers i need for it and where to download them.
maybe there is another easier way?
can someone help me please?
 

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drivers

in most of the links you gave i saw that i need a floopy drive that i dont have.
and i still cannot understand what drivers i need and where to get them from.
 

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Im trying to install xp on my netbook through an external usb drive and it keeps telling me this.

Setup did not find any hard disks install on your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. this may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic set up programs.

Now I know theres a hd. I checked in partition magic. So whats going on? I checked the boot sequence as well.
 

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives?

If the hard drive is recognized in the BIOS setup screen but the Windows install package doesn't recognize it, my gut feeling based on experience puts the odds at 25% defective hard drive, 75% motherboard issue.

If you have access to another hard drive in good condition, swap it out and try the Windows install again. If the "no hard drive" problem repeats (or the PC quickly develops issues within Windows), the drive controller on the motherboard is toast.

The key is not to spend hours on a losing proposition. If Windows crashes within a few days of install, the problem will only get worse. In this case, it's a choice between a new motherboard or a new PC.
 

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Hi,I am a newbie in this forum. Few days ago I bought a laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Processor i965, a Toshiba HD (MK32522GSX - (S1) ) of 320 Gb, NVIDIA Graphics card of 512Mb and without O.S.I am trying to install Windows XP SP2 but within the process it shows the next message: "Setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed in you computer..." and I can't continue.I've search for information and I've read that I should use a program called nLite and burn a CD with the drivers I need and the WXP ISO, but I have a problem because I don't know which are the drivers I need (I have downloaded many drivers from Intel but I don't know which is the correct) and how to use nLite with it, because it needs a .inf file and I have .exe or others...Can anybody guide me a little, please?Thanks for your attention!

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drivers...

The drivers for your hard drive won't come from intel. Look to Toshiba for those.

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Hi guys, i'm hoping someone can help.
I've recently bought a brand new Toshiba Satellite pro L650 running Windows 7
After a few weeks, things started to get really slow. Then I woke up one morning to discover it stuck on the first screen when I turn it on.
I thought I had a virus, so then decided to do a full re-format and re-install windows. After I formatted the correct partition, I went to install Windows 7 again
Only for it to say "windows could not detect a disc drive"
it asks me to install drivers for the hard-drive, which I can't seem to find.
it's a sata hard-drive (TOSHIBA MK6465GSX) I think is the model number.
I can not find the hard-drive drivers anywhere.

The other strange thing, is every now and then, it finds the hard-drive, but states that windows can not install onto that drive (even when I format it, try to add a partition and so forth)

I have been into bios, I don't really know a great deal of what I am looking at, but it sometimes states my hard-drive is there, and other times it does not.
I am so desperate to get this fixed. Does anyone have any ideas?
I live pretty remotely so taking it back and getting it fixed is not ideal.. but maybe necessary.
Thanks in anticipation..

- Gavin.
 

Answer:Can't find hard drive during installation of Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi gav
It sounds like a hard drive problem. Try this switch of the laptop and remove the battery then remove the hard drive, then replace hard drive battery and switch on your laptop.
 

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Hi all, I joined the forum because I?ve been going around in circles trying to fix my computer. Apologies for huge first post. The post by "aristotletalks" about 3/4 down page 1 of this thread sums up most of the pages I've read and things I've attempted: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...3457b4a?page=1

I?m running:
Windows 8.1
Toshiba Satellite C55A-5300 (pre-installed Win 8 - no install DVD)
Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz
12 GB RAM
500 GB HDD

I?ll try to be succinct: I can?t boot my machine except with the Recovery USB I created from MS website, and when I do that I can?t get to System Restore points or Refresh because the ?hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again.? I?ve spent about 12 hours the last couple days on all kinds of forums reading about this and think I?m just going in circles at this point. I?d really like to recover the data off the drive because my backup HD also just failed this week. I?ve tried:

EasyRE software (https://neosmart.net/EasyRE/) ? it says none of the drives are active or mountable

I ran chkdsk and it was estimating it?d take 60+ days to complete!? (I stopped it). C: was showing up fine.

I?ve run various diskpart commands and have been able to see the hard disk and that it?s ?Healthy?, so it looks like the drive is noticed, but it is not "active". When I tried selecting it and setting to "active" the message showed that "disk is not a fixed MBR disk".

The last thing I d... Read more

Answer:Hard drive locked - cannot find Windows installation

hard disk where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock and try again

Had the same thing happen to me, also windows 8.1.
the drive is toast
got a new drive and imaged the drive with a recent image that I had, all is back to normal
Sven

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well I had the same problem when I first got a new hard drive, but gave up and used Ubuntu (which is way better I now know). Anyway, now I want to dual boot so I can play games in WIndows. Ubuntu finds the harddrive easily and installs easily, but Windows can't even find the hard drive or anything.

So I used Parted Magic to shrink the Ubuntu partition by about 25GB and created a new primary primary partition.
I have a SATA hard drive with a PCI SATA card
my motherboard is from like 2002 and doesn't have any onboard SATA

halp please
 

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Pro can't find hard drive on install

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Can't find external hard drive using windows 8.  But if I could, how would I get it to show up on the desktop?

Answer:When I attach an external hard drive to windows 8, I can't seem to find it

It will never show in the desktop, it will show up in My Computer.

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My hard drive crashed because of bad sectors on the disk. I can access the drive as a slave from my other computer. what I need to know is how do I find the windows 7 product key after the computer had been updated to windows 10. I would like to revert back to windows 7 with the new hard drive.

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Hello all, I went to turn my pc on yesterday and it wont boot, it gets to the screen titled Hardware Monitor and has the following message displayedReboot and select proper boot deviceor insert boot media in selected boot device and press any keyI have tried repairing and a full install with the windows 7 disc however I get a message stating no hard drive can be found.Any help would be appreciated.Gary

Answer:PC wont boot, windows 7 and can't find hard drive?

Don't know a lot about the inside of computers but if it is running using the W/7 disc maybe you have the boot up order wrong in the Bios.

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Hello forumers,
I have an HP dv9740ca notebook with vista installed on it. I also have windows xp that i want to put on there.

When i try to install the xp (which is legitimate, before the question comes up), i get a message saying 'Setup did not find any hard discs installed on your system'. I'm told this is because the notebook has two hard drives in raid, and the setup can't find the raid driver. The issue is HP doesn't make the driver for xp, i called them and they basically told me to shut up and enjoy my vista. Also, because the machine is an HP i can't do anything in the BIOS that may help.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how i could install XP on this machine? :S

Answer:Installing XP: Setup did not find any hard discs installed

You are missing SATA drivers on the XP Disc. You will need to go to the HP site and download the SATA drivers and put them on a CD or USB Thumb drive and use that at the F6 to install 3rd party software stage at the very beginning of the XP isntall.

Can also use Autostreamer or nlite to slipstream the drivers into the XP CD.

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I'm trying to reinstall windows xp on a dell xps 400 desktop. When I put the cd in I press any key to boot from cd windows loads and then when I hit enter to enter installtion, it says "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer". I don't know what to do. Anybody know how I can install windows? Usually its simple and I delete the old partition and create new but this doesn't seem to be the case this time.
 

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed

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O.K. This should not be too much of a problem and one that occurs regularly, but - I have created NTFS partitions on two hard drives installed in my computer. So, Partition Magic knows the two disks are there.

Why then do I get the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer" when I boot up with the Windows XP setup disk?

When I boot up disk references are briefly displayed. When I go into setup, the disks are listed under "hard disk drives" as "1st drive VIA VT6420 1st HDD" and "2nd drive VIA VT6420 2nd HDD".

What do I need to do to fix this?

I thought a clean Windows XP install would be straightforward.
 

Answer:Solved: Setup did not find any hard disk drives

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Hello everyone...I have this PC and the current HD has a virus on it, so I am trying to format with a new copy of Windows XP SP1. The hard drive is an IDE and the jumper is set on master. But when it goes to install Windows, it tells me "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed" I thought this was a problem with SATA Hds???? It's a built PC, the motherboard is a ASUS P5GD1-VMPlease help. Thanks so much!!!!What am i doing wrong?

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives insta

your HD may be dead. If you have another HD, try that and see if it works.Also maybe take the jumper right off and try.Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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Hey, Im new here its my first time post.

I have an old vpr matrix 253R desktop with the integrated fasttrak raid controller in the intel mother board model D845FBT.

It was set up as a raid 0 strip array with two 80 gigabyte Western Digital IDE/PATA hard drives
they are set to cable select on two different ide cables to the motherboard
It had a nasty virus so i tried to restore it with windows professional Except it gave me this error

"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"

It wont recognize the hard drives. (Shows in fasttrak utility but not even in the bios) I tried to download the fasttrak raid drivers from intel website for the mother board, loaded on a floppy, pressed F6 to load them ect..and it began to work i formatted the drives and then it began to load windows until it said "fasttrak.sys could not be found" press enter to retry, esc to skip, and F3 to quit, I pressed retry first, then i tried skipping, it finished loading but but then gave me blue screen of death... then i formatted the floppy disk tried it again and it gave me an error txtsetup.oem could not be found...

so i am completely stumped here, i dont know much about raid, i tried everything from disableing the raid in the bios, to switching up the hard drives, cables, jumper settings ect.. nothing seems to work, i dont need a raid just want to reload my computer, any ideas would be great thanks.
 

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed

I have an idea, but it's an ugly, lose all your data, all or nothing sort of affair. Wipe one drive, then try to install it separately. If that works, install the second drive after the system is up and running as a "volume" (storage drive). You did say you didn't need RAID.
If there's malware involved, sometimes a repair install of XP isn't enough to restore the system to it's former glory.

Plan "B" would be to attempt an install on a brand new, or clean drive. This is best applied if you can borrow a spare drive, at least pricewise.

Keep in mind that there may be bits and broken pieces of the original RAID software thwarting your efforts. You should download the manual for this board before diving into the project full bore, as the book will explain the proper boot sequence and drive mode settings in BIOS
 

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My Satellite came with vista installed. No disk from Toshiba to down grade to XP. When trying to run setup it comes back with Setup cannot find hard disk connected to this computer, make sure power is connected etc. It does not matter if I delete vista partion or not.

I copied XP cd on to the hard disk but here setup gives application blocked because existing version is newer than the version you want to install. (not verbatim) Both vista and my precious new copy of XP Home SP3 are OEM. Can anybody help....PLEASE!!!!

Thanks in advance
Dingbat

Answer:Satellite L300 - Win XP setup cannot find hard disk

Hi

Do you really don?t know why happens?
You don?t have an idea?

In this case use the forum search. You will find hundreds of threads about this and it?s not a bug, it?s a feature. The ?magic word? is Intel Storage Manager.

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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Hi,

Ive got a Portege M400 to which im wanting to start a fresh, I never had the tablet XP CD so im trying to install using a XP Pro disc but everytime I get no hard drive can be detected and I tried a another Home edition disc also.

Ive searched for SCSI/ SATA drivers but can only find RAID drivers to which are no good for me,

Hopefully someone can help me out

Thanks

Answer:Portege M400 - Windows XP cannot find the hard disk drive

Hi wacksonjackson,

Why these RAID drivers are not good for you? Windows XP requires RAID drivers if your notebook has RAID controller and there is no other option to install XP from a normal Windows XP disk. So download the RAID drivers on official Toshiba website. Either you create a new installation disk with RAID drivers using freeware tool nLite or you copy the drivers on an external USB FDD and load them during XP setup.

Also check similar threads here in forum. You will find hundreds of similar threads about SATA and RAID drivers.

Check this!!!

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Hello, I bought a Thinkpad W500 in the beginning of this year. Last week my hard drive broke out and changed within warranty.Right now, I want to install windows 7 ultimate back to my hard drive but I only get windows xp recovery discs, can someone tell where I can download windows 7 ultimate recovery discs for w500? Thanks,

Answer:Hard drive was replaced with warranty - need to find windows 7 download

Contact lenovo support for the discs.

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When I Am Installing Windows Fundamentals , Just after it asks me what type of installation I want (typical) it shows an error that it cannot find a hard-drive, I have just used DBAN on my computer and the installation is booting from USB Drive. Any Help Would be amazing.

Thanks

FUNDAMENTALS : )

Answer:Windows Fundamentals Installation - Cannot Find Hard-Drive? Error

Sounds like you need to feed [hit f6] install the driver for the drive controller. Most likely you have a sata drive and xp was released before sata existed.

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I'm trying to reinstall windows. When the cd is booted and windows starts I get an error that it cant find my hard drive. I'm using a SATA hard drive, and I'm assuming its a problem with my BIOS settings but I'm not sure what to change. I know my hard drive is working because the current version of windows I have on it loads fine and I can access my files. I've also ran chkdsk /f to fix any problems. I would really appreciate any advice.

Cheers.
 

Answer:Can't reinstall windows - error message: can't find hard drive. Please Help.

You probably need a sata driver for Xp cd to see the hard drive. When you first start setup you will see "press F6 to insert driver"...driver should be on floppy disk and probably came with motherboard or is downloadable from motherboard mfgr site.
 

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3 days ago, I went to boot up my Dell XPS 8500 running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (after having booted it up and used it earlier in the day with no problem, not having recently installed any software or made any configuration changes.) The result was a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left-hand corner. If I reset the computer, I got the Dell splash screen, but the F2 option to enter setup and the F12 option to choose boot devices did nothing--still got the black screen. I opened the case, removed and replaced the CMOS battery. This allowed me to get into BIOS. I then found that if I change the hard drive from RAID mode (what it's supposed to be, as I have a drive with an SSD cache) to AHCI, I could start to boot Windows, but after a few seconds of the "Starting Windows" screen, I would get a quick flash of a BSOD. I was able to see that the error was STOP, 7B. I was also able to get into the onboard Dell ePSA diagnostics, in which every test passed fine. I was able to boot from a Windows installation USB drive, and use the bootrec tool as many online guides describe. I used all the options and they all reported successful completion, but I still got the BSOD. I also downloaded a bootable standalone ISO of Windows Defender and ran it, and it cleaned up a few malicious files, but this had no effect on booting. Startup Repair and System Restore accomplished nothing, though it did show my Windows installation in the lis... Read more

Answer:Dell XPS crashed, now Windows can't find hard drive, but Linux can

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Arcite


3 days ago, I went to boot up my Dell XPS 8500 running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (after having booted it up and used it earlier in the day with no problem, not having recently installed any software or made any configuration changes.) The result was a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left-hand corner. If I reset the computer, I got the Dell splash screen, but the F2 option to enter setup and the F12 option to choose boot devices did nothing--still got the black screen. I opened the case, removed and replaced the CMOS battery. This allowed me to get into BIOS. I then found that if I change the hard drive from RAID mode (what it's supposed to be, as I have a drive with an SSD cache) to AHCI, I could start to boot Windows, but after a few seconds of the "Starting Windows" screen, I would get a quick flash of a BSOD. I was able to see that the error was STOP, 7B. I was also able to get into the onboard Dell ePSA diagnostics, in which every test passed fine. I was able to boot from a Windows installation USB drive, and use the bootrec tool as many online guides describe. I used all the options and they all reported successful completion, but I still got the BSOD. I also downloaded a bootable standalone ISO of Windows Defender and ran it, and it cleaned up a few malicious files, but this had no effect on booting. Startup Repair and System Restore acco... Read more

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I'm trying to reinstall windows. When the cd is booted and windows starts I get an error that it cant find my hard drive. I'm using a SATA hard drive, and I'm assuming its a problem with my BIOS settings but I'm not sure what to change. I know my hard drive is working because the current version of windows I have on it loads fine and I can access my files. I've also ran chkdsk /f to fix any problems. I would really appreciate any advice.

Cheers.
 

Answer:Can't reinstall windows - error message: can't find hard drive. Please Help.

Installing on SATA drive, requires an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm
 

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Hello,

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1. This is a problem that I am having with Windows Explorer (the file manager Explorer, NOT the Internet Explorer).

When I open Windows Explorer and use the Search Files input box located in the upper right of the display, it does not find files that I know are on my hard drive.

On the other end of the spectrum, Windows Explorer sometimes finds too many files. But my problem is mainly concerned with NOT finding files that exist on my hard drive.

With respect to not finding files, Windows Explorer will have one of the following 2 behaviors, which are both quite frustrating.
I will type a search term in the Windows Explorer Search Files box and it will instantaneously return, telling me that NO files were found with my terms. Under normal circumstances, this would be a good thing, and you would just say that it has a good index of the files and that it is super fast. But it is NOT that! When I look for the files that I was trying to find by manually going through my directories and subdirectories, I find the files that Windows Explorer said were NOT there!

The second behavior is that Windows Explorer Search Files will return only a partial subset of the files with my search term. Again, if I look manually, I can then find the files myself, so I know that the other files exist on my HDD as well.
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Answer:Windows Explorer Search Does NOT Find Files On My Hard Drive

Here is a good article on setting up and using Windows search: Windows Search - Configure and Use

Maybe it will help.

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Trying to re-install xp pro - everything works fine until it tries to boot from the cd, when I get the "windows xp professional setup setup cannot find a cd-rom drive" message. I tested the cd drive, and it works fine. HELP!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2030 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 145692 MB, Free - 22395 MB; H: Total - 953835 MB, Free - 405845 MB; X: Total - 145692 MB, Free - 22395 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 6459A34
Antivirus: ESET Smart Security 5.0, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
 

Answer:Setup cannot find a cd-rom drive...

hiya,have you set the BIOS to boot from th CD/DVD Rom drive?
 

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I was having trouble downloading files with Internet Explorer and decided to try uninstall and then reinstall it. After several tries, I decided to put my original Win XP CD into the CD drive and update or reinstall WinXP on top of my current copy which works OK. I discovered that the installation went OK up to a point where I got an error: Setup cannot find a CD_ROM drive. Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup press F-3.
No matter what I have tried I can't get beyond this point. Now when I boot up, I get this same error message and have to boot again to get into the regular WinXP desktop. The system works OK, but I want to solve this problem which may come up if I ever have to really install WinXP from scratch. The system believes that WimXP installation was never completed. Hope to get some suggestions.
Thanks so much for any help.
Cecil

Answer:Setup Cannot Find A Cd-rom Drive

First - try a Windows System Restore using a highlighted date from before you tried to repair XP.Access System restore:start/programs/accessories/system tools/system restoreIf that is not successful then it sounds like a Repair Install would be in order:How to do a repair install of XPhttp://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 PC and ran into a problem:

After a year of heavy internet use, my computer is
loaded with garbage that I cannot clean, so I want to
reinstall the drivers and start with a fresh, new
computer.

I put the Dell supplied Windows XP Reinstallation CD
into one of the CD drives and went through a few
steps. I then came to a roadblock and got a blue
screen that had all of the following print:

Windows XP Professional Setup
____________________________________
____________________________________

Setup cannot find a CD-ROM drive

Make sure your CD-ROM drive is on and properly
connected to your computer. If it is a SCSI CD-ROM
drive, make sure SCSI devices are properly terminated.
See your computer or SCSI adapter documentation for
more information.

Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3.

*************

Both of my internal CD-ROM drives function perfectly, so I am puzzled. What must I do to overcome this obstacle and reinstall Windows XP?

Thank you very much.

liudas

Answer:Setup cannot find a CD-ROM drive

Try going into your Bios and changing the boot order to CD-rom first. Now restart with your CD in the Drive.

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I have a major problem with my Packard Bell iMedia D815AW home desktop. Ever since I installed a Lite-On DVD-RW into it, it started making a lot of noise (a bit like the sound of a typewriter tapping) and started crashing. I removed the DVD-RW drive, only for the problem to continue. The computer kept crashing (often showing the blue crash screen, other times showing a black 'insert floppy disk' screen, sometimes just restarting itself). Running the Windows disk check utility at start-up would not work - the computer would freeze while the disk scan occured (I tried many times). I ran disk registery programs (ie- Registry Mechanic, etc), anti-virus software, defragmentation, etc. etc. but the problem remained. Yesterday, I decided I would try reinstalling (or restoring?) Windows XP again (with the intention of fixing the problem without deleting my personal files on the computer). However, upon instertion of the disk, Windows XP claimed it could not reinstall, as the Windows version on my computer was too recent. I assumed that the reason for this was that I had installed Windows XP Serice Pack 2 and so the version was too recent for the installation disk. So, I thought I would uninstall service pack 2 and then try to reinstall Windows XP. However, while uninstalling service pack 2, the computer crashed. Since then, whenever I try to startup Windows, the computer restarts after about 30 seconds of loading. I can enter the startup screen which gives you access to ent... Read more

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

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I have a major problem here. Could someone help me out.

My laptop:

T60 IBM LENOVO Thinkpad (no biometrics)
CPU type Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 cpu T7200
CPU speed 2.00GHz
100gbs
serial ATA (SATA) AHCI mode

I tried to reformat my XP Home sp3 to XP PRO sp2. So obviously I cant not back track from sp3 to sp2 because windows wont let you. I tried formatting through the OS itself didnt work, tried from the boot up didnt work.

so I thought i was smart, let me deleted the partition and erase everything on it with a DBAN CD i have
to clean out the Harddrive completely so i could install my windows.

but i got this boot msg show up: "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"

so i went on a forum and tried " http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...d-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/ " their method.

I tried to make a boot ISO CD for my laptop with another computer(Win 7 home i5 (dad's comp)). but i'm stuck. I couldn't find a 64-bit driver XP driver for my computers specs. the intel website and manufacture don't have it on their website. and I dont have a the backup CD for XP home.

what should i do. please help. Thanks a-million.
 

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

You have no XP CD? How did you plan to reinstall Windows? (Wiping is only a good idea if you don't plan to use the drive again. It has destroyed some drives before so they couldn't be used.) Do you have XP or not? It's not too clear from your post.

If you have a SATA drive, you need to use a workaround. XP is too old to support a lot of modern hardware.

Installing XP on a SATA drive
Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy
Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation
"Many newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the BIOS and check the 'Sata Operation' setting, change it to 'Raid Autodetect/ATA' if it is not already. Now try to install XP (Verbiage will vary by manufacturer)" - Courtesy of simpswr.

BIOS settings to try:
Claymore said:


you can change the controller settings in the BIOS.

Restart the computer and enter the BIOS.
The location and type of setting will vary with the make and model of the motherboard.
Here are some:

MAIN menu
SATA Mode
Select IDE Mode instead of AHCI Mode

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ADAVANCED or ADVANCED (BIOS) SETTINGS menu
SATA Drive Configuration
Select Compatibility (Mode) instead of AHCI (Mode)

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(BIOS) ADVANCED menu
SATA
Disable Auto
Enable Combination

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Set to PATA mode

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INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS menu
IDE Function Setup
OnChip IDE => Disabled
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Ok, I'll try to explain as much as I can.

I have a computer with a Asus A8V Deluxe motherboard with a AMD 64 processor.
I have two hard drives one is a WD740 and one is WD3000 they are both SATA drives (connected with the thin red wire, I think they are SATA)
I wanted to format both drives so I put in the windows XP installation CD (which came with the computer) it seemed to start running fine. But when it gets to the option of "installing a new copy press enter, to repair press R etc." I press enter and then I get the message "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" press F3 to quit.

I took out both drives and connected them to my other computer and formatted both drives, so now they are both clean.

I connected them to the other computer but it keeps telling me that there is NO DRIVE CONNECTED.

Right now I cant get the computer running, the installation fails because no drive detected, I made sure to check the cables are connected properly (not lose) and I doubt the drive went bad because they are practically brand new and until 2 days ago before I decided to reformat the drives they were both working fine.

I do not have a floppy drive in case it?s a BIOS problem, but if that is the problem I will purchase a Floppy drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

C. Weber
Miami, FL
 

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

RTFM!

It tells you how to set up your bios to recognize/run Sata drives as IDE. In your case, unless running Vista, you would want to operate as IDE mode.

Conversely, the manual also covers how to configure your Sata drives for operation as AHCI or in Raid mode.

The manual, should you have lost it or whatever, is freely available at Asus.
 

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Hi All...I have a R51 2888 with a Fujitsu MHT2040AT 40 Gig ATA or SATA hard Drive.  I have one Hard Drive that is working fine with Windows XP SP2 installed on it. I just bought a new Fujitsu MHT2040AT drive so that I could have a working backup drive .When I went to put in the new Hard Drive, I am getting the dread  "Setup did not find any hard drives installed in your computer" error message when trying to install Windows XP.  From researching the forums, it seems that I need some kind of SATA driver.  I have scoured the internet and the Lenovo site for the right driver to no avail.I also read that one solution is to put your BIOS into "Compatibility mode." When I start up my computer (Even with the working Hard Drive in there or the new one), I press F1 and enter configuration, but it doesn't even list a hard drive option.  Is it even possible to set compatibility mode on an R51 in the BIOS? Is my Bios outdated, is that the problem?Where oh were can I find the driver, and then what? Try and sliipstream it into an XP SP2 installation disk?I have spent two days trying to resolve this problem already so if someone has an *ISO  of an installation disk, or even the correct drivers (with .nfo file so I can add into slipstream)  I would be very grateful...Any help is greatly appreciated.Laptop LunaticMessage Edited by Laptop_Lunatic on 06-08-2008 08:02 PM

Answer:Setup did not find any hard drives installed in your computer... Arrrrgh

Welcome to the forum!First of all, your drive is PATA/IDE, not SATA. You do not need any SATA drivers or anything of the kind. Neither do you need a new BIOS for that matter.Your problem may be one of the following:a) Your drive is not aligned properly and hence not recognized by the machineb) Your drive is defectiveYou may have to play around with caddy to get it all the way inside and make sure that pins are aligned and not bent, which is sometimes tricky on R5x and T4x units.Good luck and let us know.

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Hello all ,,

I have that problem when I tried to install win xp sp 2

what I have is sp1 ,,

my MB is :

GA-8VM800M-775

VIA P4M800 chipset

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 80GB Hard Drive
6V080E0, Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s, 7200 RPM, OEM

I think there is something to do with the BIOS

But I'm not quit sure what to change


plz help how to let the win cd installation can be able to see
the HD ????
 

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drivrs installed in your system!

Firstly you need to check on the initial boot screen or in the bios to make sure bios sees your drives, but I think the problem is that you have a sata hard drive and some boards will not see these drives unless you install drivers.

What you need to do is go onto the site that made your mobo, or use your setup cd (from another computer) And find the sata drivers - they will not be the windows drivers but a small driver utility that you can extract to a floppy disk - when you extract the drivers you should have several files, one of them will be called something like textsetup.oem or something similar, then you know you have the right one, once you have extracted these to floppy you can run the windows cd again from the computer your uinstalling windows to (If you dont have a floppy you need to attach one temporarily) and as XP is loading, insert the floppy).

Now at the first blue screen of XP setup it will be loading drivers at the bottom of the screen, and it will say press F6 or F* (one of the two) to install aditional drivers, press this key, then it will read the floppy and give you the option to install your boards sata drivers - if there are several drivers install them all one by one.

After you have done this setup will continue and it will find your drive.
 

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Hi, I was getting an msg upon bootup that said DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER.

I was afraid my DVD drive was not going to open by the way. It took several pushes of the button til it did. I insertd my Windows XP system disk closed it and hit enter.

Now it is saying Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. I am not that hardware savvy these days. Any suggestions on what to do next?

Thanks!

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

Boot into Setup (Bios) and see if your HDD is listed there. If not, then it has either become unplugged or it has failed.

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Computer: HP xw4400 that was given to me without a hard drive. I purchased a new 1 TB Western Digital SATA hard drive and installed it into the computer. When I select the setup options, I can see the hard drive listed in the menu, but when I try to install Windows XP from my disk, I get the message that "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed". I searched this topic in this forum and read that the new HD must be formatted using a boot disk from a floppy drive. I don't have a floppy drive. Is there anything else I can do? I've never done this before, so I'm totally new to it.

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed - installing new HD

A couple of options: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Windows-XP-On-SATA-Without-a-Floppy-F6-47807.shtmlhttp://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/72185-sata-drivers-slipstream-into-windows-xp-cd.html

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