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Trouble installing XP on SATA II Hard Drive

Q: Trouble installing XP on SATA II Hard Drive

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!

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

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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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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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!!

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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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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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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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This is my first build and everything went perfectly fine....from assembly to installing windows xp pro 64.
Now im trying to install a second Sata hard drive (a seagate 1.5tb hd) and it shows up in the bios and in the windows hardware under hard drives.
Windows says the device is working, but it doesn't show up when i go to my computer.... It just shows the C drive.

I had this problem before when i was trying to build a external HD (WD 320gb black with a maccally usb/firewire enclosure) and still haven't figured that one out.....

my rig:
AMD 9950be 125w
gigabyte mb GA-MA790GP-DS4H
6g of ocz ddr2 800
wd 750gb 32mb sata
samsung dvd burner
500w power supply

A:Problems installing a second Sata hard drive

Right click on my computer and choose manage. Then double click on disk management. Does the new drive now show on this screen. It is probably completely unallocated, hence it won't show up in explorer. Partition and format it the way you want to in disk management and see if it shows up in explorer after that.

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installed new hard drive and when I turn it on it gives me a "non-system disk or disk error, replace and hit any key to continue." is there a bios setting or a jumper I need to change?

A:Installing new SATA hard drive on HP dc7600

If you already have a SATA hard drive installed with an operating system on it, format the new hard drive through Disk Management.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 10197 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7570, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 911 GB (834 GB Free); D: 19 GB (2 GB Free);
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I've been using computers for 35 plus years and its been many years since I installed a new hard drive. In those days you have to us Jumper shunts an little black or white jumper blocks to cover certain block of pins. You also had to select "Single", "Master" and "Slave" settings.

I would hope hard drive technology has advanced enough where this is no longer necessary. I intend to buy a Western Digital one terabyte 7200 SATA internal hard drive and install it in the computer system as shown in the specs listed above.

Following the physical installation of the drive, I will be inserting a USB drive with the Windows 10 ISO file (created from the MS Media Creation Tool) and install Windows 10 which was previously on the old drive I took out. I will only have this one hard drive, so I assume the Windows 10 installation will format and partition the new drive before the Windows 10 is installed.

I hope it will find the drive without doing the old process as was necessary on hard drives year ago. Your expertise on this would be appreciated.
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Hi, i've been trying all day to install Windows XP (home edition) on to my new Seagate 80GB SATA Hard Drive. Im connecting it to a Gigabyte GA-K8NE motherboard with a 3GHZ AMD Sempron. Here's whats been happening....

1. Start PC and Boot to the Windows XP installtion CD
2. Press F6 to addtional Drivers
3. Use a floppy and load Nvidia RAID Utillity and Nvidia Storage Control
4. Windows setup contiunes BUT then say its can't find Mass Storage device, Press F3 to restart...blah blah blah
5. And lots of loud swearing follows!!!

Can some please guide me as the Gigabyte website is actually rubbish!!!

A:Problem's installing XP on a new SATA Hard Drive


Are you actually doing a RAID or do you just want to install Windows Xp on the new SATA HD? If you are just installing XP then don't press F6 and just install XP. It probably can't find a Mass storage Device because you need at least 2 HD's to implement RAID.

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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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I have a 40gb hd that loads windows and I just recently installed a 160gb sata hd just for storage. Now when the computer starts up it takes forever to load the 40gb hd that has windows. My question is what is causing this to happen? I even edited the boot.ini file so that it only sees 40gb hd that has windows on it. If anyone has an answer please let me know.

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So here's the lowdown.

I have an Asus x86v thats a few years old and it bluescreened on me a ways back, and since I no longer had the recovery disks (originally vista), I decided to just load linux onto my machine, and I did and it was fine.

I got tired of linux and decided to upgrade to windows 7. After trying to install windows 7 using a legit DVD, I noticed my Hard Drive wasn't being recognized. Did some reading, and someone said to just completely wipe the hard drive and then it would be easier. So I did.

Well the same thing is happening now, once I try to install, I can get to a point, but I get the error "no drives were found" blah blah blah.

After reading more, I figured I probably needed to load the SATA Controller drivers, and luckily I still have my Driver/Utility disc. I copied all the drivers off the disc and put them on a USB and there are literally 200 or so, and I can't figure out which one to select. I've tried selecting them all and hitting next but it cycles through them and nothing happened.

I'm running in compatibility mode and I don't think I have RAID or whatever. I've tried literally everything I could find online and nothing has worked. I'm at a loss here. Any help would be awesome.


Forgot to add that the Hardrive does come up on BIOS, just not when I try to install. Also, I did go in and partition/format the Hard Drive. And by chance, or who knows, it popped up once, but wouldn't let me continue.

A:Installing 7, SATA Drivers? Hard Drive problems... HELP!

Hello Gorogon, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look through Method Two and the other information in this tutorial at the link below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


The clean all is also very useful before starting the Windows installation process to correct for disk format errors of many kinds, to include over-writing the Linux / Grub boot loader, that is known to cause serious issues when installing Windows to a HDD / SSD that has had Grub as a loader in the past;

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All right, so here is the problem: I've been trying to install additional SATA hard drive on my computer, I've connected all the proper cables to mobo and power supply and at first it looked as if everything was fine, the hard drive was recognized by BIOS and Win7 but then Windows failed to find the driver for it and it disappeared. So what should I do?
The hard drive is WDC WD1600AAJS-00PSA0, mobo is ASUS P5E-VM DO, BIOS is AM ver. 0902, OS is Win7 Home Premium.
Important note: if I disconnect and connect the SATA cables the process repeats as in: Windows starts up, for a few minutes while OS is looking for driver the hard drive is visible and listed in disk management (I managed to format the drive just in case) but when it fails to find the driver it immediately disappears and I can't access it again.
The weird thing is that my main drive is also WD and it works just fine, no problems.

A:Issues with installing SATA hard drive on Win7

Welcome to the forum normally no driver's are needed how did you format it in another PC and did you do it as gpt or MBR? It doesn't show in disk manager at all is it sata 2 or 3 and does the mb support it

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I have just bought a new 1tb Western digital sata hard drive [WD10EADS] to use as my secondary drive. It was bought to replace a 320gb sata seagate drive that i was using but is now too small. The problem i am having is that the new drive is being detected at bios start-up [ie the drive number is showing] but the system will not boot up. The system is installed and booting from a different drive however - the new drive is only for data. I have tried changing the jumper settings and the only time the system will boot up is when the jumper is on the 3,4 setting but the drive number does not come up during startup and is not accessible in 'disk manage'. The system seems to detect that a drive is there but the drive information is not shown for it and it is not accessible in windows. My motherboard is a pata system but i have a sata to ide card which worked perfectly with the segate drive. I don't understand how one works and not the other. Both drives are SATA II and have a 32mb cache so the interface is identical, just not the manufacturer. The jumper settings cannot be copied either as the segate drive uses 4pins whereas the WD one uses 8. I'm running XP home as my system. The motherboard is an AS-Rock K7S41. I have installed the hard drive on another system [with a sata motherboard] and the drive comes up properly so have established that the hard drive is ok. I also formatted the hard drive on that system to see if that would make a difference but it stil... Read more

A:Problem Installing Secondary SATA Hard Drive

Doneos, sounds like you need to go into the bios and change the boot sequence for the hard drives. Depending on what type of system you have, you can hit one of the f keys or the delete key to get into the bios. Once there, look for a setting or heading that says something like "boot sequence". There, it should list out the order in which your drives are booting.

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Hello everyone, me again, thanking in advance for any comments or suggestions or opinions.

My OS is windows 7 64bit and I am using H61M-P31G3 MSI mainboard. It has 4 SATA slots: SATA 1 for my 500GB HDD, SATA2 for my DVDRW Drive, and SATA3 & SATA 4 none connected

I have an older PC with 200GB SATA HDD, and I plan to remove this HDD and use only as back-up hard drive on my newer PC.

My inquiry is >> IF I INSTALL THE HDD CABLE (200GBHDD) ON MY SATA 3 or SATA 4 slot, WILL IT BE JUST A SIMPLE "PLUG & PLAY," meaning that after rebooting my PC I can now use the 200GB old SATA HDD as a backup &/or file storage hard drive? or anything else that i must do in order to use it as a backup &/or file storage drive.

have a nice day to all.

A:Installing Additional SATA Hard Drive - Inquiry

Yes, it should be that simple. The OS will install device drivers for it when you boot.

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Pentium D 945 2.8Ghz
x2 Seagate 120 GB
Not sure of the motherboard

Win Xp Pro SP3
I am not able to install Win XP Pro with a SATA hard drive.
I have tried slipstreaming drivers into teh Xp installation CD with these instructions: http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html
I have the problem of the CD being too big in size.
5GB on a 700MB CD
Not knowing what specific drivers for my motherboard?

Any suggestions for me?
Am I missing something?

A:Installing Windows XP cannot detect SATA hard drive

Does the computer have a floppy drive?

Also what version of XP?

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Recently I decided to upgrade my hard disk storage space so I bought a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA hard disk drive. Upon installing the drive I entered the Bios and went into "Intergrated Peripherals" section and set the BIOS to recognize P-ATA + S-ATA drives. When I reboot the new Maxtor drive shows up in Windows Explorer and functions normally. Also in Windows Explorer, my CD/DVD drive appears. However when I put a cd in the drive and click on the drive in Explorer I get the message to "Insert a disc into drive F:". The drive will not read the disc. When I went into Device Manager the CD/DVD drive shows up and says that it is functioning properly. Strange.....
So, I rebooted and reset the BIOS to the setup defaults (ie. P-ATA Drive Only) and when the computer boots up now the CD/DVD drive functions normally but the Maxtor drive is now not recognized. I understandObviously the Maxtor drive is not recognized because the BIOS is set for P-ATA drive only, but why when the BIOS is set for P-ATA + S-ATA is the CD/DVD drive not recognized?

My computer specs are as follows:

Processsor: Intel Pentium4 3.2C GHz (478pin/FSB800)
Motherboard: MSI i865G ATX
Bios: AMI Bios
RAM: DDR SDRAM 1GB (512MB x 2 / PC3200)
Video:nVidia GeForce FX5700 128MB AGP
Sound: CREATIVE SoundBlaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro
Hard Disk1:160GB Ultra ATA HDD (7200rpm)
Hard Disk2:Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA
OS: Windows XP PRo

A:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated

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I have a new barracuda sata hard drive that i am trying to install in a dell dimension 4400. i needed the PCI sata host controller card which i have...installed the drive, turned it on and it won't boot. Is there something else I need?

A:Installing SATA Hard Drive in Dell Dimension 4400

OK, if I understand your post you installed a controller card and now the system will not boot.

What happens when you disconnect the drive and attempt to boot the system with just the controller card [no drive connected to the card]

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Hi! I currently got a new system with Windows 7 after my old XP system died, Since I cant boot up the old system I was wondering if I could install the old C-drive from it into my new(Win 7) system if so, would I have to have a dual boot option or would it recognize it as a Hard-drive and allow me to access it through Win7?

So in a nutshell can I take a hard-drive from a Winxp system and throw it in my new systems drive bay and without doing anything have it recognize it or will I have to go into BIOS?

I was going to plug-n-pray but I figured I'd enlist some help from some Techies namely anyone who can answer/help me

Thanks so much for anyone whom can help

A:Installing a WindowsXP Sata hard drive onto a new Win7 system?

It will just recognize it as a hard drive. For it to work in a dual boot setup you will have to install XP after the hard drive is installed in the computer.

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i have a mobo that only has 2 sata II ports. unfortnately, they are blocked due to my gtx 260 gpu.

so i have a pci card that provides an extra sata port. so i used that port to connect my sata hard drive. so i boot W7 and it recognises the new hard drive. so it installs etc and when it reboots it says there is an error due to a hardware change. it says to repair the files etc. so this is what i did 3 times but that same error keeps coming up. i even tried to freshly install W7 again but the same thing happens. so how can i fix this?

before you guys respond, let me tell you what i did to try to overcome this:

i removed the gpu and connected my sata hd on the actual sata port on the mobo. i then installed W7 and it was successful, no problem. but then how can i put back my gpu thats gonna block it? i have to take it off! so i have no choice but to use the pci card. so when i switch it back, W7 doesnt load! it says error etc. but then maybe the pci card is faulty? but it isnt. because then i used my ata hd to install W7 and when i click on my computer, it recognises the new sata hd (from the pci card)!

so now we know that the new sata hd and the pci card is not faulty, as even the BIOS recognises the hd too.

so what is the problem? how can i fix this? why is that i can install W7 successfully when the sata hd is in the original sata port but have problems when the hd is the sata port of a pci card?


A:Windows 7 continuing to get errors installing on new SATA hard drive.

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Hello All! As The title suggests...I'm having trouble installing a second hard drive on my friend's system...I'm not too sure of the integrity of the drive, but I'm pretty sure that it's working...He had a 3.23 GB HD running Windows XP ...so when I was helping him to upgrade...Yes, Upgrade!....he gave me another HDD to install....but it's been giving me no ends of trouble....The Mobo is a Shuttle Hot 661 and works okay...I connected the HDD...set the jumpers and so on and so forth but it only detects the smaller drive...(The other drive is a Maxtor 40GB Diamond Plus Series)....and the best part is that....It gets stuck after detecting the IDE devices....So I'm worse off than before I started! I checked and swapped out cables and tired some reseating and plugging in and out some stuff...Please help!! I have to get this troublesome system up and running!

Any Advice?? Thanks In Advance!

A:Trouble Installing Second Hard Drive

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My dad replaced the hard drive in my HP pavilion dv9500 as the old one was bad.
The former hard drive was a Seagate AT 120GB with Vista OS
The new hard drive is a Seagate SATA 320GB
We ordered a new installation disc for Windows 8
I changed the boot order in BIOS to read CD/DVD it takes several times turning the pc off then on (and typing the "dvd" button on the keyboard) for it to read and begin the installation process from the CD but once it does .....

Everything begins to install okay however, during installation a Windows Load driver pop up appears

"A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB or Hard disk driver. If you have a CD, DVD or USB flash drive with the driver on it, please insert it now.
Note: If the installation media for Windows is in the DVD drive or on a USB drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

I've been reading a lot of different bits of advise for this problem, everything from updating the BIOS to "there is no solution"
I'm no tech ninja but I know it can be done, the hard drive went out on this same computer 4 or 5 yrs ago... an acquaintance fixed it and reloaded windows, but lost some of the screws to the harddrive, one of which was found rambling around inside when I opened it this time.
anyway back to the topic at hand.....
Im guessing there are some drivers or reconfigurations that must be attended to before installing the new operating system! If anyone could help po... Read more

A:New Hard drive trouble installing OS

Normally the cause is as explained here

So perhaps the first approach is to ask where you ordered this from
We ordered a new installation disc for Windows 8Click to expand...

If it is a recognised source, then I would suspect the DVD drive on the HP AND THIS
changed the boot order in BIOS to read CD/DVD it takes several times turning the pc off then on (and typing the "dvd" button on the keyboard) for it to read and begin the installation process from the CD but once it does Click to expand...

is indeed indicative of that problem OR the disc has a problem

That all said are you sure the computer is suitable for windows 8
If you have an operating system installed go to this link and run the upgrade advisor

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I have recently taken on the challenge of trying to install a new hard drive into a friends old pc. The only thing is I am having difficulty trying to get the pc to even read the new hard drive.

Some quick soecs of the pc are;
Intel pentium 2 MMX - i think the code is AB - LX6
The new hard drive is a Maxtor 40GB - DiamondMax Plus 8

There is only a 40x CD-rom and a 3 1/2inch floppy installed. I would also like to try and install a new burner into it too.

Please, any helpjust trying to get the hard drive working so I can install windows would be great.

A:Trouble installing new hard drive

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I just purchased a new Hitachi 160 gb IDE drive. I ran the windows normal installation, booting from CD, entering setup, partitioning drive, then copying files. After the files have copied, my system rebooted and I let the setup go on. But after the "press any any to boot CD..." message goes away, my screen goes black and remains black for a really long time and I can hear my hard drive idleing. But it isn't my video card since my monitor remains with the a green light on. If it turned orange, then it would be the computers fault. So now I can't continue with the XP installation. Someone please help.

A:Having trouble installing XP on new hard drive

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Hello, I recently bought a new hard drive for my computer, but whenever I try to install XP Professional from the disk that my computer came with, it doesn't work. The installation gets as far as choosing which disk to install to, but at that point it says "Unknown Disk" for all options. If I hit enter to continue the installation I get an error. Under technical information it says:

*** Stop: 0x00000050 (0xE3F8E4A8, 0x00000000, 0xF77F3F3E, 0x00000002)
*** setupdd.sys - Address F77F3F3E base at F77CF000, DateStamp 3d6dd67f

This is my first post aside from an intro post so I'm not sure if I've given enough or even the right info lol. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Trouble Installing OS to New Hard Drive

System manufacturer and model?

If you are trying to install XP by use of a recovery/restore disk...you probably need to check the manufacturer's website or your owner's manual...to see if such is possible.


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i just recently bought a new HDD ( a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320gb SATA), i also have a Hitachi 250gb HDD that uses the older ribbon type data cable in the same machine.

when i booted windows and went into my computer it doesnt show the new HDD... just the old one....

i've already updated drivers, went into storage manger and initialized the new HDD and it says that it's online.... but still doesnt show up in my computer.. i rebooted and before windows boots a black screen displaying memory controllers ect.. and a "DHCP" with a spinning line... so i let it sit until it says "Hard disk boot failure... please insert system disk and press enter"

so i restarted opened boot preferences and set to my original harddrive.... and the computer booted without a problem....

i have no clue what's goin on... if anyone could help me it would be VERY much appreciated!!!

A:Trouble installing new hard drive

you need give specs on your computer and operating system and sp level

but aside from that the place to start (maybe u did but not in ur post) is in device manager to see if drive is recognized at all or is there an unknown device listed? (Or are you referring to Windows "Disk Management" console as Storage Manager?)

/*************** EDIT *******************/
Cause first seen by Device Manager -----> Disk Manager --------------> Recognized clicking My Computer when partitioned

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I am trying to re install windows 7 on my desktop however i think i have deleted/formatted ?? all the data from the partions on the hard drive during my first attempt.

Do i need to re install other files before i can install windows again???

Please help i am quite the novice and usually my "trial or error" methods have got me through but i think i need help with this one

thanks in advance.

A:trouble with installing windows 7 on a hard drive

Hello damo and Welcome -Try this M/soft tutorial >> Install / Reinstall Windows7 OptionsSelect your preferred option and Click on it to expand the instructions Thank You -

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Setup keeps saying hard drive not found, the
HDD is set to master and the hard drive works well but
Is not recognized by setup, what could be
The problem?

A:Trouble installing win Xp sp3 on hitachi IDE hard drive

Does the BIOS detect the drive properly? What type of motherboard and drive do you have? It may be that XP needs drivers loaded first before it will recognize the drive.

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Hello all,
My problem is that I am trying to install a western digital 40 gig IDE HD in my Compaq model 5635 to no avail. The original 10gig HD works fine I want the new one to be the slave. The system uses cable select so I tried that method. The original cable that came with the new HD was not long enough to reach both HD's so I bought another one and put the old drive on the farther connector (master) and the new drive on the center one (slave).

However, when I start the system up it goes though several checks, as I the "compaq" screen comes up then I here the floppy drive operate, the old drive as well and I think the new drive. Then it goes through a second check for a second then I get a black screen except for the cursor in the top left of the screen (blinking). And the system just hangs there. I know the new drive is running as I can feel it operating when I power it up.

I tried using the floppy disk that came with the drive and with the diagnostics it does not even see the second drive. It does see the master (original 10 gig) drive though.

I looked in the BIOS and there is not any settings for HD other than disable or enable the drive controllers. The first only goes to the 10gig the second one is running a CD drive and a Zip internal drive.

Perhaps the new drive is too large for the BIOS and so just hangs it? Although my understanding is that if that was the case, then it would operate just at reduced space and not see it at full capacity.

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A:{RESOLVED}Trouble installing Hard Drive in Compaq

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Title pretty much sums it all up.

I have 2 hard Drives, both connected via SATA, when trying to install windows, It does not find any hard drives.

Funny thing is, when i choose to repair, and use the command prompt, I was able to format both C and D drives (my 2 hard drives). However it was no help : (

Please Help~~~

Also, on of the drives, when i formated, it only recognised 130 ish GB out of the 500 present (both are 500 gb drives) this is due to me partitioning this drive in the past, and making it read only (cept now I can't Undo it, but that is a problem for later, for now, just want windows 7 installed up and running)

Help would be very much appreciated.

Thank you

Dennis Han

EDIT: I have checked the bios, everything looks fine (out of the options raid, ide and a third option (i forgot) its under IDE, every thing appears normal to me, although i probably dont know better). The last OS on this system is win vista 64 bit, im installing win 7 32 bit, sick of all the fuss with driver problems last time round.

My Build for this computer is attached onto a picture

It is a rather old system (3 years old now) so I no longer have warranty and Asus and WD both refused support : (

A:Having trouble installing windows, no hard drive found

try clearing the drive you wish to install on with killdisk and then try the install


as long as bios is set to see sata as ide it should not be a problem

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In my computer I have two Western Digital 500 GB hard drives. One drive failed and now I'm trying to install Vista on the other hard drive. But when I go to the hard drive selection screen when I'm installing Vista it has no hard drives available to select. I have the SATA controller drivers and hard drive drivers on a USB flash drive. Despite all this, Vista still does not recognize my hard drive. Help, Please.


Windows Vista 32 Home Premium Edition
NVIDIA G-Force 8600 GT Video Card
Intel Quad Core CPU Q6600 2.40 GHz
x3 Corsair 1 GB RAM

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I recently had to replace the hard drive in my dv7-7030us Entertainment Notebook. I have tried unsuccessfully to download Windows 7.  I have tried several versions, and Windows 8.1 with no luck. I keep getting to a point where the computer asks where to store the software, and the screen will show how much for the partition, but when I attempt to  choose an area, I get a warning sign and message that says something about GPT and EFI. I know this is about the bios, but is there something I have to down load first, prior to the Windows?

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I have been searching all day and cant find something that actually works.
On my old computer
sis 661fx chipset with Pentium 4
i want to install xp sp1 (the old disk that i have) on my new HD as the old one is dying and i want to get rid of it. however i cant seem to install it properly to get it to boot off the new drive.
I could initially install it on the drive however when it says that windows will continue install after restart. it just goes back to the windows setup and wants to install the xp on the drive again.
i have tried changing around the order (initally - floppy, cd, hdd) of startup from cd to hdd (now - Hdd, Cd, USB) but if i change the order to this booting just goes in circles detects drives then restarts and does it over and over.

I put the old drive back in too and booted it up from that and then tried to install xp from the disk once in the OS but it takes me back out to booting from the disk and installing that way again which does exactly the same thing!!!

I have just about exhausted all the options that i know and can find, ANY help to get this fixed would be excellent!


A:trouble installing xp on new seagate 1TB sataII hard drive

Hello bowen

Disconnect all peripherals and remove all cards except the video card.

Also do not use a USB keyboard or mouse. Use the PS2 variety.

Try that and see if it helps


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Upon removing the bottom panel on my Dell Studio 1747 notebook to install a second hard drive, I found there is no drive bay or connector present for the second hard drive. The hard drive came with nothing more than itself. What should I do?

A:Trouble installing second hard drive in Dell Studio 1747 notebook

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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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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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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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

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

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

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