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Windows XP Installer Doesn't Recognize New HDD

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April 25, 2013 9:23:00 PM

I just bought a WD Scorpion Blue 500 GB HDD as a replacement for a bad HDD. I want to install windows XP on this new drive, but the windows XP installer doesn't recognize this new drive. The drive is not faulty, as Windows 7 installer, and even Ubuntu installer work correctly with the drive. I think I need some SCSI drivers and include them into the XP installer, but my attempts so far have lead to no success.

Model Number of Drive : WD5000LPVT

Laptop : Dell Inspiron N5010 (intel)
April 25, 2013 9:30:20 PM

Hi, I'm no pro but would still like to help. Have you tried creating a partition with windows 7 or Linux and then seeing if XP will detect it? Also, why would you need SCSI drivers? You could also try zapping the drive with the WD data lifeguard tool. Hope everything works out ;) 
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April 25, 2013 9:47:14 PM

crinkdude said:
Hi, I'm no pro but would still like to help. Have you tried creating a partition with windows 7 or Linux and then seeing if XP will detect it? Also, why would you need SCSI drivers? You could also try zapping the drive with the WD data lifeguard tool. Hope everything works out ;) 


Yeah, I made 4 partitions from Gparted, one to install Ubuntu, one to install Xp, one to install 7, and one as swap space for linux. The other two OSs have installed and are working properly, but the winxp installer refuses to recognize any mass storage devices.
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April 25, 2013 9:56:46 PM

Not sure about this but could your BIOS settings for the hard drive be set to AHCI?
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April 26, 2013 5:39:20 AM

If your drive controller is set on anything other than IDE, you will need to install the sata/raid drivers during the XP install. During the install, use F6 to install 3rd party drivers. You should have a disk that came with your computer that has the necessary drivers. If not download them from the manufacturer's web site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oDT40ewh90
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May 14, 2013 11:42:15 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
If your drive controller is set on anything other than IDE, you will need to install the sata/raid drivers during the XP install. During the install, use F6 to install 3rd party drivers. You should have a disk that came with your computer that has the necessary drivers. If not download them from the manufacturer's web site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oDT40ewh90


Thanks for your reply. I finally found my AHCI drivers on the intel download page. But I don't have a floppy drive on my laptop ( I don't think anyone has a floppy drive and a SATA HDD on the same laptop). Is my only way of approach slipstreaming the drivers onto my XP SP3 iso ? Or is there another way also ?
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May 14, 2013 3:29:01 PM

Your only other option is - If you can change the sata mode to IDE in the bios you can install xp without the drivers and then over switch to ahci driver (lots of guides on how to do that on the net) reboot back into the bios and switch the sata mode to ahci. I doubt you can change the sata mode on a Dell though.
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May 14, 2013 8:49:54 PM

popatim said:
Your only other option is - If you can change the sata mode to IDE in the bios you can install xp without the drivers and then over switch to ahci driver (lots of guides on how to do that on the net) reboot back into the bios and switch the sata mode to ahci. I doubt you can change the sata mode on a Dell though.


thanks. I'll try it out, and report back. (There is an option to switch between ATA and AHCI in the BIOS)
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May 15, 2013 9:19:06 AM

The BIOS will allow you to make that change, but usually Windows glitches on that. As popatim suggested, FIRST you should search the web (maybe M$ tech support website) for how to make the necessary changes. I think it involves a few edits in the Registry after Win XP is installed, and BEFORE you change to AHCI mode in BIOS.

Your other options are to slipstream the AHCI driver into the Win XP Install CD as you suggested, OR to get (or borrow) an external floppy drive unit to plug into your laptop. Win XP only knows how to load a driver from a floppy drive - it can't do it from a flash drive or CD. In fact, I'm not even sure it can do it from a floppy drive that is attached to a USB port - maybe only from an internal floppy that you don't have.
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