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December 9, 2006 8:11:34 PM

Hi,

I'm going crazy with this issue and I cannot find any possible solutions. I hope someone in here can help me somehow.Let me explain what's my situation.

I have a SATA drive (WD 160GB) I had Windows XP installed on my machine until yesterday that I decided to try a beta version of Vista. Now, I want to get rid of Windows Vista and install XP again. However, when I insert my CD to boot, after it loads all the files,etc...It shows me this message


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

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Make sure any hard drives are powered on properly connected to your computer,and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct.This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3.



I know for sure that the drive is not damaged because I am able to boot Windows Vista and access everything on my PC. But I can't figure out why Windows XP boot loader does not see the SATA drive.

If anyone please is able to help, drop a reply.
Anonymous
December 9, 2006 8:43:03 PM

Did you hit F6 and install the drivers for the SATA controller?

Grumpy
December 9, 2006 10:56:33 PM

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Did you hit F6 and install the drivers for the SATA controller?

Grumpy


yes I did, and it says that the disk I used does not have the information required. However, how come I didn't need the drivers the first time I installed windows?
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December 9, 2006 11:00:28 PM

As Grumpy states, you need to install the SATA controller. Some motherboards need you to install the RAID drivers to get proper SATA support - even if you are not using RAID. During the install, Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install the custom RAID drivers.

Vista has a more comprehensive set of SATA/RAID drivers built in, which is why Vista will recognize your drive by default, while XP won't.
December 9, 2006 11:05:14 PM

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yes I did, and it says that the disk I used does not have the information required. However, how come I didn't need the drivers the first time I installed windows?


If Windows isn't recognizing the drivers from your Mobo cd, there should be a utility on the Mobo cd to create a floppy or USB drive with the drivers. If not, try your Mobo manufacturer's website for the right drivers.
Anonymous
December 10, 2006 11:33:50 AM

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Did you hit F6 and install the drivers for the SATA controller?

Grumpy


yes I did, and it says that the disk I used does not have the information required. However, how come I didn't need the drivers the first time I installed windows?

If you're not using RAID, you should be able to go into the BIOS and change the SATA Mode to IDE instead of RAID and then you wouldn't need the driver floppy. What model motherboard do you have?

Grumpy
December 10, 2006 4:10:55 PM

My motherboard is the EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR. But there is one thing I don't get though. I had Windows XP installed before and I never instaled any SATA drivers, Windows recognized my drive in a matter of seconds.

Now I don't know why is causing this problem.
December 10, 2006 7:55:46 PM

I found the tool on the driver's CD. Everything worked out perfectly, thanks a lot to you both for your help.

Even though the problem was solved, I still don't know why Windows XP did not recognize the drive the second time I tried to install it. What would be the difference between one install and the other?
Anonymous
December 10, 2006 8:16:46 PM

I hope that's a rhetorical question. Since I didn't install XP on your computer originally or try to reinstall in now, I don't have any idea.

Grumpy
December 10, 2006 11:34:54 PM

you sure it wasn't an OEM install, or you didn't just repair xp last time

anyway, let it go and be happy with xp
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