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Having trouble installing xp on sata drive

Q: Having trouble installing xp on sata drive

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

Preferred Solution: Having trouble installing xp on sata drive

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Having trouble installing xp on sata drive

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

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i lost the floppy that came w/ my mobo so i went to the mobo's site (abitusa) and d/l their sata drivers here: http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/drivers.php?categories=1&model=175

step by step here is what i did:

d/l the drivers.

unzipped the file.

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

I transferred the whole folder to a formatted floppy disk

rebooted machine, ran windows cd rom

pushed f6 to install sata drives

inserted floppy and pushed enter when prompted

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

am i missing a step???

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

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

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

moved file to via folder and it worked

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Hi there, I bet you've heard this question a million times but can any one help me install windows xp onto my new sata II hard drive?

I have decided to update my pc and i have put a sata drive in. Never used one before. On installing xp i get the bsod. I have been researching into this and found that i am missing some drivers as old copies of xp don't register sata drives. My motherboard detects the hard drive and so thats all cool. The problem is i don't know where to get a driver for it from? I've looked every where.
Here are my specs:

ASUS P5KPL-AM Motherboard
250GB Maxtor SATA II Hard Drive

I know that the pc is ok as I tried the old ide hard drive and everything was fine. I have also looked on the motherboard software disc and asus website for a driver for this but they don't have one or any makedisk.exe file!

A:Trouble installing XP on SATA II Hard Drive

Your motherboard may need a bios update in order to fully use SATA drives. You should only be using an XP Pro, SP2 install CD now. There are jumper pins on SATA drives that can be used to slow down data rates for compatibility on older motherboards

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I have installed a second SATA drive, using the second SATA port on the MB. Device manager tells me that the drive is there and working, however it shows no file system and says the drive has not been initialized. What does this mean? I have partitioned/formatted disks in the past, but now I don't have a drive letter in Explore or MyComputer, so I don't know how to get to it. BTW, the drive (Hitachi) came with no disk. System: Pentium 4 3.0GHz, Windows XP Home.

A:Solved: trouble installing second SATA drive

From your post I guess you haven't yet partitioned or formatted this drive. Right click on My Computer and choose Manage followed by Disk Management. You should see your drive and then you can partition and format it.

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ok, so I just bought a new WD 250GB SATA HDD. I had to get a PCI/SATA adapter card since my Mobo doesn't have the serial ports on it. I then went to the WD website and created two floppies; 1 for the controller drivers and 1 that was suggested if installing just an SATA from scratch which sets up the HDD to install Windows. First, I boot up with the HDD setup floppy disk. This brings me to a Western Digital menu system and I select to set up the HDD to use. It goes off and does whatever it needs to and is done relatively quickly. I then put the Windows CD in, boot up, it does it's thing for a bit, then comes in to the Windows installation menus. I press F6 when it says to (for RAID/SCSI drivers), but nothing happens. The setup continues until it gets to a screen saying it can't find a hard drive. I put in the drivers floppy, press "S", and it recognizes that the XP drivers are there and it seems to continue successfully. After a minute or so of extracting and installing the basic files, it eventually gets to the actual Windows setup. I press ENTER to start installation, but it says a HDD can't be found, then forces me to exit. I made sure BIOS is updated and have hit a dead end with trying anything. Any thoughts?

A:Trouble installing Win XP on new SATA

Don't go into the setup for RAID/SCSI drivers. You don't have to do raid. I have a RAID compatible motherboard and everything but I don't do it. SO just skip that and go right into installing windows. It should have some option to skip that part. I can't remember what it said though.

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Hi ,
I recenetly formated my computer and now i am having an issue to install my Western Digital SATA 120gb drive

i have two hard drives
one WD IDE 120GB and the other is WB SATA 120gb

before the format , i remember that somehow i installed them both , at later state i used the administrative tools in windows and i saw the sata there , so i just formated it and it worked after that

now i have an issue to install the SATA drive
i plugged it in, windows recognized it and said that it found a RAID CONTROLLER, and prompted me to install some drivers ,
now i don't have any drivers for my WD SATA HDD ,
i tried downloading some from WD's website but all of them , windows refused to install , saying that they are incompatible at all.

i am thinking that this is the only issue that i need to solve

i have ASUS P4S800D Mainboard with two SATA plugs ,
i don't use any PCI controller card since my MB supports SATA and IDE
but i just don't know what to do now.

how can i make them both work, IDE is the only one working so far.

I don't have a floppy drive nor do i have the drivers for the SATA , as i recall that , i never got the drivers either when i bought the SATA drive.
i do recall that long ago i done something , some exe file in windows folder that created some drivers for the SATA from scratch , but i don't remember what that was and where.

Could you give me some pointers how to make it work?

Thanks again.
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A:Installing SATA trouble

Sounds like your motherboard needs the RAID drivers installed.

do you have the CD that came with the board? if so, try installing all the drivers from there instead...

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I recently finished building the following computer:
Asus P5K3 Deluxe/WIFI-AP Intel P35 ATX
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
OCZ Gold 2 x 1GB DDR3 1333
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0GB/s
Radeon X1950PRO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
Samsung IDE DVD/CD drive
Windows XP Home
but I didn't install the SATA driver during the Windows installation. Everything ran fine for several days, until I tried to replace the IDE optical drive with a SATA Lite-On LH-20A1L-06. When I tried to start up with the new DVD drive, it would crash at the initial Windows loading screen. I disabled the drive in BIOS, unplugged the SATA cable for the DVD drive, replaced it with the old drive...every time Windows still crashes when it starts to load. I planned to eventually install Vista (64-bit), so I decided to go ahead and do it and install the SATA driver. I downloaded the file from the ASUS website and saved it to a USB drive. I used the "makedisk" file from it to make a floppy on an older machine with a floppy drive and installed the floppy in my current machine.
Now I am in the Vista installation process and I clicked on "install drivers." I inserted the floppy and it tells me that no drivers are found. It says that USB drives, CD/DVDs, and floppies can be used to load drivers, so I plugged in the USB drive, inserted the ASUS driver disc, and left the floppy in. It still says that there are no drivers found. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?... Read more

A:Trouble installing SATA driver

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Hi from a new user!
I recently built a computer, specs:

HDD: Seagate 120GB 7200RPM SATA
GeForce 6600 GT 128MB PCIe
AMD Athlon 3200+ socket 939
1GB Ram

When I go to install windows XP, it asks for the drivers (press F6) which came on a CD with the mobo, but I don't know which ones to put on a floppy. I have been to the Gigabyte site and there are no SATA drivers for the K8NF-9 mobo, so I don't know what to do.

Thanks for the help in advance,

A:Trouble installing SATA HD on XP install

I just bought a GA-K8NF-9 as well and had similar problems. After trying too many things here's what worked for me. First the problem

Could find the drivers for sata on the cd with the mobo.
Each time I installed Xp it would restart and reboot off the cd instead of the HD (reason it was not detecting the sata HD when booting)

Get into bios (hit "del" during start up)
Go into "Andvanced BIOS Features" and make certain that "Hard disk" is one of the Boot devices.
Hit esc and now go into "Inegrated Peripherals". Here's the important part. Disable "IDE/SATA RAID function". Save and re-boot. Now the mother board will see the sata port as an IDE and the installation of XP will run as normal. No crazy drives required ;-)

Hope this helps dude

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I have been reading some old threads looking for answers to my problem. I am trying to install 2 200GB WD Sata HD's on a Asus a7n8x-e MoBo. I have set up the raid array in the bios. I have a floppy with the drivers copied, boot to windows set up. Hit f6 when asked, install drivers from floppy when asked, then the set up continues. It stops dead when at the bottom of screen says "setting up windows". Nothing further happens. Does anyone know what else I need to do, or if I am doing anything wrong?

A:Trouble installing 2 WD Sata on Asus a7n8x-e deluxe

Alemaker said:

I have been reading some old threads looking for answers to my problem. I am trying to install 2 200GB WD Sata HD's on a Asus a7n8x-e MoBo. I have set up the raid array in the bios. I have a floppy with the drivers copied, boot to windows set up. Hit f6 when asked, install drivers from floppy when asked, then the set up continues. It stops dead when at the bottom of screen says "setting up windows". Nothing further happens. Does anyone know what else I need to do, or if I am doing anything wrong?Click to expand...

Hi is your system overclocked in any way? I suggest loading the failsafe or optimized settings in the BIOS. Also check your install cd for grease/finger prints. I might have heard about problems with raid on this board but I can't recall; I'll search the net a bit.

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I have a desktop pc with a Foxconn motherboard that is just under 2years old. I have recently purchased a new Western Digital 500gig SATAII HDD and am having troubles installing it as a separate data storage drive.

I have previously installed an additional Seagate 300gig SATAII HDD as a data storage drive. I initially had troubles but only because I didn't have the SATA ports on the main board enabled.

Regarding the WD drive that I am trying to install now, the system seems to not be able to detect that the drive is connected. I have tried to auto-detect in diskmgmt and in the BIOS but neither seem able to detect that the drive is connected.

The drive model number is WD5000AAKS (500gig 2nd Generation Caviar SE16). I have tried the drive in default mode and with a jumper positioned (to slow the interface to 150MB/s to be compatible with SATA 1.0 - I have a SIS964 which is incompatible with SATAII and needs to be jumped to be backwards compatible). I have also tried removing the fully-functioning Seagate 300gig drive and replacing it with the new drive (for concern that the system could not run as many devices) but this did not work either I just went back to having only a C drive.

I have tried WD's Data Lifeguard Tools software also but it just tells me that there is no WD drive installed.

Help ...

A:Solved: Trouble Installing WD 2nd Gen Caviar SE16 SATA HDD

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

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

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

That's not necessarily an error message..

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

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Okay, so today I got a brand spanking new 160GB 7200 Sata Seagate Hard Drive. Put the cable into Sata port 2 installed the sata power supply, bios detected it. (NOTE: I have a 80GB sATA where WinXP Pro is loaded.) So I boot to windows, I didnt see the sATA drive in My Computer.

I opened Partition Magic 8.0, partitioned my new 160GB drive. Next I booted noticing that the 160GB is not being detected in the bios. Partition magic says : ERROR Batch file cannot be executed, because drive not detected in startup. SO I restarted my pc again and the brand new sata drive WILL NOT SHOW UP IN BIOS.

I tried EVERYTHING! Nothing can detect my new 160GB drive! Can anyone tell me how to reformat the drive manually? I really need help!

A:Trouble with 160GB SATA Drive

Not sure if this info will help

My motherboard is

MSI- NEO2-P (2 Sata ports) Intel ICH(Something) Controller

The malfunctioning Hard Drive is

SeaGate Barracuda10 ST3160815AS 160GB SATA 7.2K RPM

Bios is

American Mega Trends Award Bios

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Greetings from Arlington, VA -

I'm having trouble getting my system to work with a new SATA drive. I've tried various BIOS ( settings, various jumper settings on the drives, and various connection arrangements among my three drives, but when ever I connect the SATA drive and change the BIOS setting to recognize it, i.e. turn to "Auto", my system will simply not boot and simply reports "F1 to continue or F2 to Setup." My OS is on D0 - ST3120026A LBA 120Gb on Ultra DMA5.

I've also look at trying to change the boot sequence, but the BIOS doesn't give me many options and doesn't even acknowledge the SATA drive; I'm limited to D0, D1, CD-ROM, or USB. Drives D0 and D1 are connected to a Promise Tech PCI Ultra100 IDE Controller TX2. I even tried removing both the controller card and drive it came with (D1 - WDC WD2000JB-00DUA3 200 Gb on Ultra DMA5), and connect drive D0 directly to the motherboard, but much to my dismay, my BIOS gave me the same response.

Any insights and assistance would be geatly appreciated!


A:Trouble with adding a new SATA drive

Please tell us the make and model of computer OR make and version of motherboard if a u-build.


Download and run Everest Home (it is free):


Once you download it, click on it and let it install and then run it from the icon on your desktop.

Click on the + sign beside 'Computer', then on 'Summary', then go to the VERY Top of the screen and click on 'report'.

Note: the 'Very Top' isn't one line down, it means what it says.

Cursor over 'quick report-summary' and then click on 'plain text' and then click on 'save to file' and change the 'save in' folder to 'Desktop' and then click 'Save'.

Clear all your open windows and on the Desktop click on that 'report.txt' icon - this will open it in a text editor
(probably Notepad) and then use your mouse to highlight ALL the 'debug' entries and delete them, then use your mouse to hilight all the remaining text then copy and paste it to here.
For future reference: once you open Everest, click on file, preferences, report and uncheck the 'include debug information in the report' box. People rarely want to see that stuff.


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I have an older 30 GB SATA drive (FAT format) that I use for backups via USB. It works fine when I connect it to my Mac. When I connect it to my XP SP2 computer, device manager shows it's there without any conflict, yet I have no way to access it - there is no icon under My Computer for it.


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I was trying to figure out the best way to move files from my old PIII XP PRO desktop to my new Quad 7 box but then decided why not just move the drive over. (didn't remember that I might have used Windows Easy Transfer!)

The new Windows 7 64bit sata machine already had a 300gb sata drive as primary so I thought the 120 coming from the old computer might make a good storage partner/backup. (It might be better if they were the other way around....with the 300 as the 'backup'....but, so be it.

I bought an IDE to SATA adaptor to connect the old IDE drive to the sata mobo.
It seemed to work initially, although somewhat "sketchily"; the computer was slow to boot but I did eventually have both drives running OK and was able to access all files on both and see them both on my workgroup.

After a couple of shutdowns and restarts, though, the machine got increasingly slow/difficult to boot (sometimes only coming to life if I hit the spacebar on my keyboard (weird!)......then after three or four of these wonky boots, it wouldn't boot at all. I removed the added drive and after many shutdowns and restarts, the box finally started windows 7, but I swear it played the XP sign-on/splash screen music! At that point I realized/remembered that the XP Pro OS was still on the old drive....and now I see in another thread, that IDE drives somehow "overrule" sata drives. Ooops.

I think my Master Boot Record is botched up. (Booting takes longer than it did before...... Read more

A:Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

hit f8 during boot up....go to advanced boot options....repair your computer...press "enter"...startup repair

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Hi Everyone,

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

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

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

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

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

A:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

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

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

Just a guess.

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

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Hi people, i wonder if you can help.
I have an ASUS A7V8X-X Motherboard and have been running it fine for a long while with 2 hard drives. I want to add a third so i bought a maxxor SATA drive and a SATA controller.

My situation is this. I can boot up with my primary IDE hard drive with the SATA disk with no problems.
But, if i also connect my 2nd IDE hard drive, boot up fails when windows starts with a continual beep - no breaks, just beeeeeeeeeeeep.
This isn't the usual POST beeping.

Any suggestions?

How could the second IDE hard drive conflict with the SATA drive?

A:Trouble adding SATA card and drive to system

If there is a resource conflict windows usually lets you know. I suppose one avenue to follow is that SATA devices can be set native or legacy. If I understand it correctly (and I may not!) setting it to native allows a wider range of system resources to be used. There is also another setting in BIOS that has something to do with this and I suggest you look at yoiur mobo manual.

How many devices can you have? I have Sata 1 and 2 on an Intel ICH5R controller and also Sata 3 and 4 on an onboard Promise controller. This allows me a wide choice.

Good luck.

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hello! i recently got blackscreened on my old dell. it would boot up to the log in screen and allow me to pass but would not load from there. from what i read online, this SATA cable would allow me to access my hard drive on another computer to possibly save some files. when i plug it in to the new computer, it recognizes the drive but when I click on it i get "Access is denied." I tried to go to settings-security-allow user permissions to access. When I did that I could see some file names I recognized flash by on the screen but it still wont allow me access. any help is greatly appreciated!!

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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


A:Installing XP Pro on a SATA drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A:Installing Win XP on new sATA drive

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

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

A:installing 2nd sata drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My specs:

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A:Need help installing SATA DVD Drive!!!

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

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

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

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

Thank you so much,

A:Installing a SATA drive

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

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

Wait and see what others say I guess.

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

Seagate ATA Barracuda 7200.11 1TB

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

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

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

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

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

A:Installing my Sata drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyhelp Appreciated Roger

A:Installing XP with an SATA CD Drive


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


A:Installing A Second SATA Drive

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

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

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

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I have just started building a new computer. And I ran into a few problems. I'll first list out the stuff I put together.

-Asus P4P800SE Motherboard
-P4 3.2e GHZ processor
-Corsair PC3200 XMS Series 3200CPT 512mb Ram
-Samsung SP1213C 120 GB SATA harddrive
-Generic Floppy
-Geforce2 ultra (just for now)

I tried to boot up with win xp, but the DVD ROM would not boot up. It detects the SATA hard drive but it is listed as the third ide master (i cant change it to first ide master. it detects the floppy but the light on the floppy is always on. everything is plugged in correctly, i double checked and triple checked. Any suggestions? Thanks in advanced

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I purchased an adapter on Ebay that was supposed to allow me to connect my ide hard drive to my sata mobo connectors. My mobo has primarily sata but it has one ide which is already connected to my ide hard drives.

I have tried everything I can think of. connecing this and that, reversing connections, nothing workd. The instructions I was given were awful and the person I purchased is not helpful in answering questions. He hasn't responded.

Once connected I can't get it to show up in the bios The hard drive is an IDE Seagate 400gb drive. I am connecting to a sata connector on my mobo. I already have two other sata devices connected, they are two dvdr's .

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:

Is there a trick to doing this?


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I am trying to install a SATA drive as a secondary drive. The computer is trying to boot with the secondary drive instead of the master IDE drive. I need to boot with the IDE so I can read the SATA drive and make file corrections. Both drive have XP operating systems installed but the SATA has a corrupt hal.dll file. The SATA is from another computer. The computer with the IDE works fine except when I install the SATA. There are jumpers on the IDE drive. Can anyone tell me whast I need to do to make the computer boot with the IDE while recognizing the SATA drive as an addition drive?

A:Installing SATA as a 2nd drive with a Master IDE drive

The IDE and Sata drives are on different controllers, so the jumper settings on your IDE drive shouldn't be a factor. Check your BIOS to make sure the IDE drive is ahead of the Sata unit in the Boot Priority list.

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

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

Erm, what am I doing wrong???


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

Set your Boot order to CD first HD second

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

A:Installing Sata drive with window xp

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


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

A:Vista not installing to SATA drive

Hello devosion,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

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

Hope this helps.


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

A:Installing 2nd SATA Hard Drive

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

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

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

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

Am I doing something wrong?

A:Correctly Installing a SATA Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm stumped at this point.

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

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

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

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

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



A:Installing XP on PCI SATA Controller drive



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


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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E3400 @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2013 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset, 782 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 468935 MB, Free - 415172 MB;
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A:Installing 2nd SATA drive 4 backup

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

A:Installing Xp Onto Sata Hard Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLease help. Baffled.



A:Problems installing SATA drive

You need an adapter like this
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=98966&criteria=sata connectors&doy=6m1

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Hi guys,

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

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

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

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

Thank in advance,

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