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Sata hd not showing up in winxp

Q: Sata hd not showing up in winxp

ive recently reformatted my computer which is running off a 40gb IDE drive and i have a second 80gb SATA. the sata drive wont show up in my computer. i dl'ed the sata raid drivers and still nothing. this has happened before but i cant seem to remember how i fixed the problem. i have an ECS pm800 m2 mobo w\ bios drivers v1.2e and i see the second hd in the bios. it has recently been formatted as well. thanks.

Preferred Solution: Sata hd not showing up in winxp

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: Sata hd not showing up in winxp

i got it by going into comp management and re partioning it. thanks tho

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re-building pc and the clean 200 gb maxtor sata drive is 'seen' by winxp as ~137 gb.

latest bios and drivers on a D865 intel mobo (bios sees correct size anyway).

forgot how to get full drive recognized


A:200 Gb sata seen as 137 GB by winxp

Sounds to me like it is normal.

Unfortunately, there's a difference between the actual capacity of an HDD and what the advertisers say it is, mostly in the definition of a GigaByte/GB. Then the creating of the partition/s and formatting them reduces the capacity, considerable amount on larger HDDs. A formatted 320GB does yield only 298GB, way mine is.

A 1TB/1000GB HDD has an actual formatted capacity of 931GB.

As you can see, the larger the HDD the larger the amount taken by partitioning and formatting.
This might help you understand whats going on.


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I just managed to bring home the mainboard and Hard Drive as below

Gigabyte 8I945PLGE-RH
Samsung 160Gb SATA II /Code HD160JJ

I tried to turn on SATA II mode in my Windows XP Professional. But even what I did my really hard work, the WinXP still only recognized my HDD speed at UDMA-5 (ATA100)

I also ran the HDD Speed Test and received 59.4 Mb/s

So can any one help me to force this crazy machine to run in SATA II Mode?

Thank you in advance!

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Intel DP35DP
WD Raptor 150
no floppy drive

I plugged in the HDD to one of the Sata ports and the BIOS recognizes the drive under the options RAID, AHCI or IDE. If I select RAID or AHCI then the Western Digital Diagnostic tool and WinXP SP2 (w/ iata75 intel drivers slipstreamed) say that no drive is found. But, if I select IDE in the BIOS then the drive is successfully tested w/ WD Tools but crashes whenever WinXP tries to actually write to it (altho it does see it). I don't quite understand how the mix-up between Sata and IDE is happening or how to resolve it.

A:Sata HDD in but winXP & WD Diagnostic see only IDE

reinstall sata drivers for MB
if it still hangs on writes maybe you got it write protected
other wise sounds like bad drive

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WinXP Setup Cannot Access my SATA HDD.


I have noticed a lot of problems with getting Windows XP to recognise SATA drives. My problem is similar but slightly different.

I have an MSI 865 PE NEO2 FISR mobo with a Pentium 4 2600 processor and I am trying to setup a Maxtor 300GB SATA drive (6B300S0). My mobo has two onboard controllers: an Intel ICH5R and a Promise 378 both of which I have a driver disk for. I can get the drive recognised by BIOS and thus by Windows, I can even get the disk manager to create partitions and format them. However, I appear to be unable to install Windows XP onto the SATA drive.

I get to the bit where it asks for the drivers to be installed (and I have tried using both controllers), and press the "S" button, it finds the driver and continues to load lots of other drivers. Then it finally says it is starting windows and I press F8 to agree to the eula. Then a box appears and instead of listing the drive it just says "Setup cannot access this drive". If I press any of the buttons i then get a STOP: 0x0000008E.... (i have the rest).

I have tried a number of different BIOS settings (S-ATA only, S-ATA and P-ATA etc..) to no avail... Any clues anyone?

Martin .

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I have just bought a WD SATA 200GB hdd and an ASUS K8N-E DELUXE mobo to go with it. This was part of an entirely new setup, and I excitedly put everything together and attempted to install WinXP. WinXP did the first part where it set up the drive you want to install the OS to and copied the install files to the HDD perfectly without a hitch. Then it restarted, and when it got to the WinXP boot screen, it just shuts off. I was like WTF!?!?! and i turned it back on and watched it do exactly the same thing again. I've tried installing RAID drivers for it, reformatted tons of times, and it still does the same thing. It gets to the first WinXP boot screen and just turns off.

Can anyone help me with this problem? I'm at a loss on what to do now...



A:Odd problem with SATA and WinXP

There doesn't seem to be an edit button, so i'll just post here. I just tested my new computer with the hdd that's in this machine, a standard IDE hdd, and it's doing the same thing. Still turning off when it gets to the windows XP boot screen... I've tried with windows 2003 server eval edition, and it does the same thing. Anybody that can help?

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Ok, so i've spent a bunch of time looking in here through google. a lot of great info, but nobody ever tackled the 3+ SATA drive config for winxp pro sp2. i just installed a 3rd SATA drive and i couldnt get it to show up in "My Computer". it was showing in "Device Manager", but not "My Computer". after a quick visit to control panel > admin tools > click STORAGE > THEN disk management, it popped up in there. FROM HERE YOU SHOULD PUT IT AS A BASIC DRIVE, NOT DYNAMIC. then you can format right from there, and all should be well.

Love the site, very useful, hopefully this can help some ******* like me later on down the line.


EDIT: the dashes say S C H M U C K. why was that censored? weird.

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in this link you can find the drivers for the sata hdd if you want to reinstall or install win xp.


this works for me in a hp pavillion dv6000.

A:sata drivers for winxp

we should really have a sticky thread here regarding XP and sata drivers since it is becoming a regular issue.

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I'm preparing to attempt a winxp tab ed sp2 clean install on a thinkpad x41t w/ a disc I'm making from a tutorial.

I'm not sure if I need to press F6 at the beginning of the install to install sata drivers. Does sp2 have sata drivers? I think I read somewhere it did.

The thinkpad actually has an ide drive, but per lenovo forums I understand that the ide drive attaches via an adapter to a sata interface on the mb. There is a SATA power management driver for the x41t.

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Ive jus bought some new bits for my new set up.

KV8 deluxe mbd
amd64 3400
barracuda 80gig sata hdd
1gb corsair mem

The problem is i cant get xp to load onto the harddrive.

Ive hooked it all up correctly, and everything seems fine
1. Power up and a msg says that the is no drive so bios cant be installed.

2. I start the xp install off the CD, it says there isnt a drive to install on do i want to install RAID or SCISI drivers (F6 at the beginning)

3. Restart and start again this time pressing F6, iv already prepared the VIA drivers from the mboard cd onto a floppy.

4. So when it asks do u have a 3rd party disk i selct yes and choose the winxp drivers for the hdd. it installs all the relevent drivers.

5. And windows begins set up. It getsto the first stage do u want to install windows or repair or quit. i select install.

6. It says at the bottom windows is starting up.

7. 'Then please wait...' this is where it stops, the xp disc stops doing anything and i dont think the hdd is doing anything, i left it for bout half hour with nothing.
Any suggestions?

A:installing winxp on SATA hdd problems

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What is needed to get WinXP to recognize a SATA drive when it comes up saying "no drives were found" during initial XP installation? I've run across this on two computers and have received explanations indicating that some mainboards require RAID/SATA drivers to be loaded *before* installation (with a floppy I assume). Currently, I have a Dell machine that is having this problem. I want to reformat and reinstall Windows but it simply won't recognize the SATA drive during installation. If there is a driver, where would it be and how do I install it? TIA much for any help!

A:WINXP won't recognize SATA drive

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HI I'am new here to TSF after looking around this site seems amazingly helpful so i guess here goes. Ok so my problem is fairly simple, cant install win xp pro due to the fact my HD is a Sata drive now i have aquired from gate way the drivers to my machine my question is how do i get those drivers to work WITHOUT a bloody floppy lolz? Ok so heres what i did so far i read around and seen that i could do this with NLITE but.... here's the problem the driver gateway supply's me with doesn't have a .inf file for me add the driver to the install what do I do now?
I also noticed after reading the readme that i could install the drivers to a usb flash drive how do i go about doing this any one know how and if you could be particular to my situation that would be awesome ^^

Computer: GATEWAY MX6959
Serial # :T3A6B61001441

A:[SOLVED] Cant install WinXP PRO due to a sata HD

Bump? guess no one gots a clue? =/

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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 just bought a Western Digital 160GB SATA hard drive.

Once I hooked it up, I booted back into Windows (which is on a 80gig IDE drive) and installed the RAID controllers that came with my mobo (Asus P4P800 DLX). Once I rebooted back into Windows, none of those balloon popups came up so I assumed everything was installed properly.

I go into My Computer, but only my 80 gig (C: ) is listed. Where is my 160 gig?

I went into the Device Manager and it's listed under Disc Drives alongside of my 80gig. It says it's "working properly" and everything, but it's not showing up

What else do I need to do?

A:WinXP and new SATA Hard Drive

Has the drive been Partitioned and Formatted? Did you use the WD utilities disk?

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Dear all,
Please help solve my dilemma with the above driver that windows 7 advisor says is incompatable.
I am running XP Home in 32 bit mode.
All the posts i have checked out in many forums don't give a clear answer..#
Do i need a new motherboard or are there drivers available so i can instal windows 7
Many Many thanks

A:Promise winXp sata (tm) IDE Controller

Via does not provide any Windows 7 SATA/RAID drivers for the VT8237. You could try using Vista drivers found here:

VIA Drivers Download - VIA Technologies, Inc.

Step 1 - Microsoft Windows
Step 2 - Windows Vista (32 or 64 bit, depending on which version of 7 you are installing)
Step 3 - IDE, RAID & SATA
Step 4 - VT8237 Integrated Serial ATA RAID controller

Make sure to follow the directions to create a driver disk. You'll probably need it when you attempt to install Windows 7, as your controller will probably not be discovered, which will prevent Windows from finding any hard drives.

I have no idea if this will work.

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Hello and good evening,

I just put this system togethe (specs are in profile) and I am having a problem, that, XP Home is only recognizing 3.25Gb of the 8Gb I have installed. Updated BIOS and am about to update chipset drivers. BIOS also recognizes that all sticks are working correctly.

I still have yet to run MemTest88.

Thanks for any help,


A:WinXP Home not showing RAM correctly

If you're trying to get 8gig. of ram to register in windows I'm pretty sure you're in for some troubles. as of right now I'm pretty sure basic windows 32bit operating systems cannot map anything above 4gig, you're question now should be where is my .75gig of ram

Memory-mapped devices (such as your video card) will use some of that physical address space, as will the BIOS ROMs. After all the non-memory devices have had their say, there will be less than 4GB of address space available for RAM below the 4GB physical address boundary.

Edit: This might help you also, its about vista but still... http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us

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Have three win xp machines on lan will search and find all three but while two will show the lan network properties, one wont . I need the properties of the netcard to set tcp/ip and dns .
have tried uninstalling the netcard no help! uninstalled xp networking components no help.
any help please Regards Alan G

A:winxp not showing network properties

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Hi everyone. Just working on my dad's machine and I think he has picked up something I cant trace. So its up to the experts. The Control Panel does not load when i click on it.. and the system seems to just be genrally slower than normal. Here is my HJT log. Thanks in advance for the help.EDIT: Removed HJT log, unnecessary, not permitted in XP forum ~ Hamluis.

A:winXP Pro, NO COntrol Panel showing up.

Maybe you are not infected. These Kelley's fixes usually are good.http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htmScroll down to item 256 on the left.

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I have two questions:

1. Why do I have to set my BIOS to boot from the IDE hard drive first then the SATA hard drive to get windows to boot, when my winXP is installed on the SATA hard drive?

2. What the best way to recover data from my old IDE hard drive without having my computer try to boot from this drive when my operating system is on the SATA drive? It seems to prefer trying to boot from the IDE drives first.

I am currently running an ASUS 8AN SLI-Deluxe motherboard with one 500GB IDE hard drive and one 160GB SATA hard drive. I have windows xp installed on the SATA drive. I tried attaching an older computer's IDE hard drive to my slave IDE connection to retrieve my old files. It was recognized in the BIOS, but then when I tried to reboot the computer, it was trying to boot the windows 98 OS(that's corrupted) from the IDE. The BIOS is set to boot from the SATA first and then the IDE master on the hard drive priority list (not the list that prioritizes the boot devices, CDROM, floppy, etc...) I removed the old hard drive, and tried to restart the computer again. It wouldn't restart. I changed the boot hard drive boot priority to the SATA first and then the IDE hard drive. It still wouldn't boot without having the WIN XP disk in the CDROM. I couldn't get the WINXP to boot until I set the IDE as the first priority and then the SATA as second. I read about some similar but not exactly the same issues, maybe the answer to this may help.

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A:WinXP won't boot from SATA if set as first priority in BIOS

I am not sure if this additional information matters, but both hard drives are manufactured by Seagate.

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I've been struggling to do a fresh install of Windows XP Pro on my new SATA HD (western digital 120GB 7200RPM, 8MB). I have a failing IDE harddrive and I want to transfer file while I can still acces sit. I have an ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard with Silicon Image Sil3112 SATARAID built-in controller. I've just updated my BIOS to the latest update (Rev 1103). The BIOS is not recognizing the SATA HD, but after POST, it will say something like "press F4 or ctrl + S to go into RAID utility screen". After waiting a few seconds, it will show my SATA hard drive information then proceed to its normal routine (seeking for boot CD and etc). If I even try to boot using my winXP cd, it will not recognize my SATA HD and will not go any further. Ive made a bootable floppy using the data lifeguard tools CD and then it will boot up and start loading drivers and all, then it will stop at making virtual CD rom drive (i think) and it wont go past that. The CD itself does the same thing, it stops at loading CD driver. I'm pretty much stuck here. Ive tried loading the driver into my floppy and hoping that pressing F6 in winXP setup screen would recognize it, but it didnt. Help me out, guys?

A:Installing WinXP w/ single SATA RAID

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I have seen many posts on many forums about this exact issue. Each one is a little different from each other. That is why I am posting this. I'm setting up a system for family member and I am using the P4 2.8 ghz Socket T Cpu, the ASUS P5S800-VM motherboard and Maxtor 6Y060M0 60 gb SATA HD. Like everyone else I am trying a clean install of WinXP Pro and since it does not reconize the SATA drive, I will need to hit F6 and install drivers for the SATA drive. Here is the problem, I have no idea what to install when it asks me for the floppy. I went to Maxtor's site they say hey get those drivers from your motherboard company. I go to ASUS and they do not have SATA drivers they have RAID drivers which would be my only logical option but I am not sure. I am not going to be running RAID but all the other drivers from ASUS for that board do not make sense. I was wondering if anyone has found like a universal wonder driver that lets XP reconize the SATA drive at the beginning of the install. I know SP1 supports SATA. I have a disc with SP1 on it, would it be possible to pull a driver for SATA off of the disc??????

Any advice at all would be really helpful......Thanks in advance.


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Ghost 9

I have Dell Dimension E520 with CDRW/DVD and Hard Drive SATA.
I would like to restore backup from the network (Buffalo 500GB storage).
I successfully did backup but I have very hard time to restore from the network.
First of all Ghost 9 does not support network card from Dell MoBo (Intel ICH8R/DO/DH SATA RAID Controller). I used trick: I installed older 3Com NIC card and I can restore.
It is possible to restore from the network without using additional network card?
Is somebody who figured out how to accomplish this working with Ghost 9?
I am open to any suggestion.
I am not sure if in right place I am posting my question?

A:Ghost 9 + SATA + Network =WinXP not work


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Hi guys,

Need help with a HDD issue.

Building a PC for a client, installed everything, OS, drivers, software, etc...

It wasn't until yesterday I noticed when I went into "MY Computer" to perform a "Diskclean" that the computer was only reading my Samsung 80GB SATA HD as being only 32GB.

My HD model is P80 series 0812C & my MB model is Foxconn 865 series 865A01-G-6EKRS.

I called up Foxxconn tech support, guy told me to check the jumper settings on my HD, I tried every combo possible, but only one jumper setting works, as during the XP install the PC doesn't recognize the HD in the other settings, it only recognizes the HD under the original setting I had the jumper set to, but this is the same one where the 80GB is only recognized as 32GB.

I have the CDROM connected to the Secondary IDE controller on the MB, & the FD is connected to the FD connector.
I'm stuck, he said try flashing the BIOS, but he doubted this would help.

Any suggestions? never had this issue before.


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I have been trying to do this the entire day with no results.

I have:

Chaintech S1689 ULi Socket 939 ATX Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 Venice Processor
2 Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB 7200rpm 16MB SATA-150 OEM Hard Drives
2gig Corsair PC 3200 DDR Ram
Chaintech GeForce 6200 Video Card

I formatted the drives using the Maxtor MaxBlast4 boot CD, making them compatible for WinXP (without SP1).

When I attempted to load the drivers from the motherboard cd, I came up with a system boot failure. I copied the driver folder contents onto a floppy and tried again. No luck.

I booted from the WinXP cd and pressed "F6" to install drivers from manufactors disk. When prompted, I installed the SATA and ATA drivers that I was instructed to install from the manufactors read me notes.

It appeared as if all was well. Then it came up on "Windows XP Startup".

When I pressed the enter key, the following message displayed:

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

I checked and re-checked all of my cabling and connections. When the computer boots up, it shows the 2 drives on Channel 1 and 2.

I'm at a loss here.

Can anyone offer any assistance?


A:WinXP does not see new Maxtor 300gig SATA drives

check your bios
check with MB website or manual about this

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Our data file server (DFS) recently went belly-up on us. It was shutting down intermittently after being turned on (20sec-10min). We determined the power supply is healthy and observed no abnormal temperatures. Diagnosis: we needed a new motherboard.

The DFS was running XP (SP unknown) with 4 HD's in a RAID configuration through a PCI-X card. Here's what we bought to replace it
New Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD70 with on board SATA controller
New Processor: AMD FX 3.6GHz Quad Core
New Memory: Corsair DDR3 1333 2x4GB (overkill, I know)

With the new motherboard installed, I started getting all sorts of funny error messages about hard disk problems. As far as I can tell, this is because XP is not designed for SATA.

I changed the BIOS to first boot from CD, and placed a Windows XP OS disc in the drive. After waiting through a couple minutes of the Windows installation blue screen, I again got errors about the HD's. Again, I think this is because of SATA+XP issues.

So I read all about making a slipstream disc (I'm completely new to this). I downloaded nLite, and the RAID drivers from MSI. I built the slipstream disc on a DVD-RW, making sure I had SP2 on the disc.

Now, when I start the DFS computer and insert the disc, I get the error message
"A disk read error occurred. Pres Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

I've tried starting with the SATA settings in the BIOS set to IDE, RAID, and ACHI. Each time, I get the same error message.

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A:[SOLVED] WinXP + New MOBO = SATA issues

Was xp already on the hard drive for the new motherboad?

if so you need to do a repair installation and install the new motherboard drivers.

ACHI should be the correct setting

Disk read error could mean the disk is damaged or dirt have you tried cleaning it or another disk?

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I can't instal on the SATA HDD Win XP, the Win install program doesn't find any HDD's

The MB which is a Soltek SL-KT880E-RL has only 2 SATA slots and in BIOS it alows only Raid or Disable for SATA.

How can I install? I can't find any drivers online ... (

Can anybody help me?


A:Problems installing WinXP on a Soltek MB and a SATA HDD

Got it ... I found an old Floppy with some Sata drivers ... so I'm happy !!!

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Hi! I'm new... and working on my first build.

When I install WinXP, it doesn't show my SATA drive in the list of HDD to choose from. I went online and researched it to see what I could do about it and learned that WinXP doesn't come with SATA drivers (am I getting this right?) and the solution is to hit F6, insert floppy w/drivers on cue, and install it on cue.

My problem is... when I hit "enter" it says "Please wait" and then it goes back to the screen saying to enter the floppy and hit enter. Doesn't even give me an error message.

(I don't know if it is related, but I couldn't make the floppy from the mobo cd, I was getting errors ("disk write protection error" when I tried to format floppy and "drive not ready" when I tried to make floppies... And, it really beats me, but it was saying insert into B:... I thought floppy would be A:

Other info:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB
WindowsXP SP2
SONY Black Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920

A:WinXP not reconizing SATA drive NOR floppy!

Oh, and the drive is detected in BIOS and post

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Hi all.
I recently bought a new system:
Jeg har fornyligt kÝbt ny computer hos shg:
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP, 875P, RAID, SATA /
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.7, 120GB, SATA150
2,8 Ghz intel P4 800 Mhz. Processor.

When I boot from the winXP cd I press F6 and install the SATA raid drivers. Then I format my harddrive and start installing.
After all the files has been copied to my harddrive the system reboots and the installation continues, now this is where the problem is.
Now winXP wont copy several files from the cd and thus the installation isnt complete.
I've tried with 2 different winXP cd's, different dvd/cd-rom drives.
And with only 1 Hdisk connected, but it's the same problem, winXP just wont copy the files over.
Im running out of ideas here, so if any one of you have just the slightest idea whats wrong I'd be thrilled.
Thanks in advance.

A:Problems with winXP installation and SATA disks

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This can be a bit tricky aspecially when there is no floppy drive ;)

So I have injected my winXP installer with the RAID drivers from my MB drivers CD as per attached JPG (and created my bootable iso). Now, that did not work! (no drive visible).

Was it because I have only included the folder in red? (i've ignored the rest). The files in this folders included a CAT, INF and a sys file (3)?

Shall I just include the whole structure (even the x64 drivers) and select all when injecting as per green highlighting? (nLite)

My specs can be found on the left, also the drive is 1tb Hitachi HDA721010CLA which is visible in bios and was visible when I used my other xp via IDE (no problems there).

Gonna give it another go now (smashed test disc no1 against the wall already) :P

Am I forgetting something? Thanks in advance for your support!

See ya in a mo!

A:[SOLVED] SATA support for winXP sp3 installer

HELP! this still does not work! Injecting the whole RAID (without x64 folders) drivers list and still nothing - getting desperate now!

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I have seen many posts on many forums about this exact issue. Each one is a little different from each other. That is why I am posting this. I'm setting up a system for family member and I am using the P4 2.8 ghz Socket T Cpu, the ASUS P5S800-VM motherboard and Maxtor 6Y060M0 60 gb SATA HD. Like everyone else I am trying a clean install of WinXP Pro and since it does not reconize the SATA drive, I will need to hit F6 and install drivers for the SATA drive. Here is the problem, I have no idea what to install when it asks me for the floppy. I went to Maxtor's site they say hey get those drivers from your motherboard company. I go to ASUS and they do not have SATA drivers they have RAID drivers which would be my only logical option but I am not sure. I am not going to be running RAID but all the other drivers from ASUS for that board do not make sense. I was wondering if anyone has found like a universal wonder driver that lets XP reconize the SATA drive at the beginning of the install. I know SP1 supports SATA. I have a disc with SP1 on it, would it be possible to pull a driver for SATA off of the disc??????

Any advice at all would be really helpful......Thanks in advance.


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Hey all, I have a major problem. I recently bought a Western Digital 200GB SATA HD a few months ago. It seems to work fine, but every 2 or 3 weeks my system would go into this endless rebooting loop when it tries to start up Winxp. The reboot happens during the windows xp startup screen with the blue squares scrolling from left to right under the Windows XP logo. Iam sure I installed it properly since I used the Motherboard drivers and press F6 before the windows xp installation begins. Every 2 or 3 weeks all of sudden it stops loading winxp and starts rebooting. I also notice that everytime I boot up, Windows XP goes through a chkdsk for some reason all the time.

My PC was PERFECT before I switched to the SATA HD, so Iam pretty sure its the SATA HD doing this.... Iam also using NTFS, Iam not sure if thats the right one to use..

Most of the time when this happens I get pissed off, and end up deleting the partition and reformating/reinstalling winXP and then it happens again after 2 weeks or so. I just dont get whats wrong.


A:SATA HD problems - PC keeps rebooting after trying to boot WinXP


im new to this stuff this may work as soon as you put your pc on keep pressing f8 which will bring up a sub screen scroll to run windows normally that may work
good luck!

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Just installed new motherboard, two hard drives (SATA). After installing Windows 7 I can only see one of the hard drive. I think they both show up on the startup stuff. What's happening? Gigabyte Motherboard, Award bios. I have two old hard drives (IDE) that I can see. One IDE header. 5 SATA headers.

A:Only one of two SATA drives showing in 7

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Hi all,

This is my first post so please be gentle.

I ran the Windows update on close last night and today my system will not re-boot, my bios cannot see my SATA2 HDD.

I have tried repair in windows but no good as HDD is not there.

I have tried swapping the SATA sockets etc but they all say none detected.

I tried MOBO jumper reset with battery out.

The HDD is spinning so the power is working.

Please help I am lost

A:SATA HDD not showing after update

Originally Posted by mouthrax

Hi all,

This is my first post so please be gentle.

I ran the Windows update on close last night and today my system will not re-boot, my bios cannot see my SATA2 HDD.

I have tried repair in windows but no good as HDD is not there.

I have tried swapping the SATA sockets etc but they all say none detected.

I tried MOBO jumper reset with battery out.

The HDD is spinning so the power is working.

Please help I am lost

Hi mouthrax

Make sure that you do not have RAID selected in the BIOS it should be set to IDE

I hope this helps


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Hello, I am wondering why my sata drive wont show up in windows 7, its has xp installed on it but I pulled it out of one machine and put it into my pc with w7 installed and nothing???

asus p5p800 mobo

A:Sata drive not showing up

Does it show up in the BIOS setup ?

How about Computer Management Disk Management

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Firstly, I changed all my settings in my bios to AHCI and my Jmicron controller 363 to AHCI + IDE. Now, my DVD drive won't show up in my device manager and there are multiple controllers under IDE ATA/ATAPI that weren't there before. Any ideas on how I can get the DVD drive to work under SATA and fix the multiple channels under the IDE ATA controllers?

Thanks. The pic is below.

A:SATA DVD not showing / Something wrong here?

Follow the steps in this article to toubleshoot.

Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs

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I have a sata harddrive in my pc and bought another one today plugged it in the spare sata connection slot and when i turn the pc on it loads up fine goto my computer and it isnt there, now i dont know if i need to have it set so there needs to be a jumper in it, theres no jumper indicator on the hdd itself so i tried it in them all and its not showing up still. Ive went to disk management and it isnt showing up there either.

Its a SAMSUNG hard drive the model number is HD320KJ SERIAL ATA 3GB/S

any help would be apreciated with this issue

thanks you

A:Sata Harddrive not showing up

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..on wink2k install.

I have heard that windows cant format a partition over 130ish Gigs. how do I avoid wasting the remaining 30Gigs of HDD space?

It is going to be the only drive on the system.

the motherboard is Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 and Harddrive is WDCaviar 160GB SATA 8MB cache 7200.

really would like help on this 1 please

A:160 Gig SATA Drive only showing up as 130 Gig

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I installed a M2.SATA drive in my ProBook 430 G2 as boot device. I wanted to install a normal harddisk also as a data drive, but the HDD does not show up. When I connect the HDD to another computer it is working fine. The SATA-connector in the ProBook is also working because before there was only there a HDD as boot device installed.What may be wrong?

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I have Win XP Point of Sale. I installed and removed a Chinese utility and now I have non-English showing in several places. My tray clock and my Region and Language Options control panel are in Dingbats. How can I get this thing reset to English?
Also, I ran low on disk space some time ago and turned off System Restore.
Here's my Regional Options:


A:Language showing in dialogs is wrong WinXP POS

Used Symantec Endpoint to scan for viruses, best I can tell nothing was found. Also did a Super Antispyware scan, also found nothing.

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I was doing a repair using the Win XP Home SP2 (slipstreamed).

It kept hanging and rebooting by itself only to repeat the F3 Repair, or Enter to proceed with setup.

After I quit out of the program and a reboot, I was able to boot into safe mode. This is when I did the sfc /scannow.

It seems to fix it, but now I'm showing a boot menu option
Windows (default)
Windows (default)

Win XP is is showing twice!

And when I choose the first one, Windows asked me to validate or authenticate my copy. After a phone call with Microsoft my system is verified and authenticated.

However, if I choose the 2nd line Windows (default), Windows is saying I need to validate or authenticate my copy again.

How do I get rid of that 2nd line? My system seems to think I have dual boot, but for the same Win Xp.

A:Solved: WinXp showing twice in boot option

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The first version of winxp needed a specific driver to be added during the first steps of the installing process to make possible to install winxp on a bootable sata hard disk drive (system on a sata HDD).
I think now, and namely WinXP with SP3 does not longer need such a driver.

Someboby can confirm?

Many thanks


A:Are Sata hard drives natively managed by WinXP SP3?

The installation of SATA drivers for a Windows XP install...has nothing to do with SPs, it has to do with the motherboard.

If the motherboard has SATA controllers...and the board employs what is called "IDE emulation" as part of the BIOS package...drivers don't have to be installed. IDE emulation is a process where a SATA drive is viewed as a PATA drive for purposes of installing XP.

If a motherboard does not support IDE emulation...SATA drivers must be installed before Windows XP can recognize the drive as a device fit for install of XP.

Another way "around" this situation...create a slipstreamed XP install CD with the SATA drivers included as part of the resulting XP boot CD.


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My pc is working well after a clean install on a new sata seagate hd.
question is: i skipped the step ( Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver)
did i miss a crucial step in the install and possible endanger my pc in the future?

A:Solved: reinstall winxp on new sata hard drive

If the drivers for the SATA controller are included with XP, and it boots, then you should be fine.

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I am using an Asus P5W64-WS MB, XP Pro SP3, and an older 74GB WD Raptor. I've never really messed around with doing the "F6" installation of RAID drivers when installing XP. Instead I've always just selected the default in the BIOS where the SATA drive is treated like an IDE device and I did not have to install the drivers during OS installation. I currently see under a speed utility that my Raptor is giving transfer rates of 85MB per sec. maximum, 24 MB per sec minimum, and 73 MB per second average.

My question is this - what sort of improvements might I see if I did a clean install of XP Pro and configured the drive as an SATA drive using the F6 driver installation option during install?

Also, is it worth going to a RAID 0 configuration if I am going to do the SATA thing? I would be using the ICH7R controller for that.

Finally, what does the AHCI option allow, and is that used with the IDE or F6'd SATA driver installation?

Thanks for any help.

A:IDE vs. F6 SATA driver install on WinXP Pro & Speed Improvements?

The HardDrive is working off the same speed on PATA or Sata.
The F6 is usually used for Sata Drives that require extra drivers
The Raid 0 is not the safest idea, and in actual fact normally I would say, don't do Raid anything if you're unsure.
AHCI info found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Host_Controller_Interface

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Hi, I just bought a new rig, need help to set up my SATA HDD.

At WinXP Setup, there is a F6 message to install the drivers. At this point in time, I will have just insert the floppy which comes with the SATA HHD. When I pressed F6, nothing happened. Setup continues with Press F2 for Automated System Recovery, and then continued loading the rest of the system cd-files.

However, after loading the files, it did not go in to the drivers installation screen, as should be normal. It went into the Press Enter to Install XP, press R to Repair and press F3 to leave the screen. At this point in time, whatever I pressed, nothing will happen aka looks like hang.

What happened? Is my WinXP cd to be blamed?

At times, when files are loading, there is a message--> Section Files.SCSI.iaStor of the INF file is invalid, and I cannot go further. Any help?

A:SATA installation help, resulting in WinXP setup problems

I have a simliar problem but it does not hang, it says that Windows XP does not recognize a HD and setup cannot continue.

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I'm trying to install WinXP SP3 onto a new 500Gb SATA2 drives using a MSI P6N SLI motherboard and when the PC boots, the BIOS sees two SATA hard drives (including the correct size), but when I run the WinXP install CD, I get stuck when the install CD claims it can find no hard drives to install WinXP on.

I have the install CD from MSI which has the ide SATA drivers on it and I've tried to use nlite to integrate the SATA drivers into the install CD, but the resulting iso file still cannot get past the "cannot find any hard drives" point. The MSI driver CD includes 7 ide_SATA files including an inf file which nlite adds to the i386\NLDRV\001 folder and strips all the last characters off each file, e.g. NVATA.INF becomes NVATA.IN_.

The only files on the MSI disk that contain a txtsetup.oem file are the RAID drivers, so I cannot make a floppy disk to insert via the F6 route, and as stated above, cannot get the nlite iso SATA drivers to be seen by the install CD.
I've been going around in circles with MSI tech support trying to have them provide a txtsetup.oem file for the non-RAID SATA drives, but either they don't understand or they are just avoiding the solution because they have no solution. They tell me to download the install driver file (same as on the MSI CD) from their website and load it - but I can't do that until Windows is installed, which I can't do. I can't seem to get through to them that to run the MSI driver CD, WinXP has to be ALREADY install... Read more

A:Can't get clean WinXP install on SATA Hard Drive

Hello jpegman

If you can`t slipstream the drivers all you can do is to go into the BIOS and change the SATA operation mode to RAID Auto/ATA.


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I got a problem with installing windows on my SATA drive. The drive is detected perfect in BIOS, it gives the right capacity (250GB), also in DOS FDISK. But when I boot from windows installation cd, the installation detects a drive of 125GB instead of 250GB.

This is the only SATA drive i use, i use no IDE HD's. I set all the raid controllers on disabled in BIOS. I tried all the 4 connectors from the Nforce Sata connectors on the motherboard. but nothing helps. Does anyone know what to do about it?

The Sata Drive is a Maxtor DaimondMax 10 250GB SATA drive

Motherboard: Asus a8n-SLI deluxe
CPU: amd athlon 64 3500+
Memory: corsair 1024 MB DDR400

thx, Job

A:WINXP detects half the size of SATA drive

if you are running XP do you have Sp2 installed?

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