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WINXP cant find drive when formatting?

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May 17, 2007 4:39:17 AM

SO i have xp pro sp2 on a disc and when i try to install it, i get to the partition screen and it shows i have only one drive, with 2gb on it, in FAT format, which is my USB drive i have plugged in,then below it, it says theres an unknown disk in there, no drive is plugged in (or something like that). So, it wont let me reformat my main drive and install xp on it. I have vista x64 already on it and i wanna go back to XP.

When i use my Vista install disk, it can find the disk and format it easily. So would it be possible to format it using the vista disk, then restart with xp disk in and boot from there?
May 17, 2007 4:56:06 AM

if your drive is sata you need to install drivers for it first.
May 17, 2007 12:01:36 PM

nope pretty sure its not. i bought it from Dell
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May 17, 2007 7:02:41 PM

so what? my dells for work all have sata drives.
May 18, 2007 1:54:35 AM

pretty sure is not sata. anyways could i format w/ vista cd or not?
May 18, 2007 2:04:17 AM

I'm not sure, try asking in teh vista section but I'm pretty sure you can I don't see why not
May 18, 2007 2:28:56 AM

wow you were right i checked my bios and it said my HD is a SATA. sorry for doubting you. So now i gotta find drivers?
May 18, 2007 2:32:30 AM

yes check your hdd manufacturer and they should have the drivers you need I think ;) 
May 18, 2007 3:51:27 AM

well i went to dell website, downloaded the drivers, then put em on floppy and botted xp disc and pressed f6. It brings up 4 different drivers to load, and i wasnt sure which one to pick. i did 2/4 and they both didnt work. im not sure if im even doing it right...
May 18, 2007 6:32:52 AM

you will need the controller drivers also for you mombo, plus make sure you got the right drives. check the hdd manufacturer and not dell.
May 18, 2007 4:25:21 PM

what are the controller drivers? i checked around on HDD website and couldnt really see anything new.
May 18, 2007 5:37:26 PM

no here is how it works, your motherboard (mombo) has controllers to control SCSI/ATA drives.

those controllers have their own drivers.

then you got your SATA hard drive which has its own drivers also.

during install (F6) you will first need the control drivers to install.

dell gave you Cd's with your PC, one of them should have those mombo controller drivers.
May 18, 2007 5:54:15 PM

I got the sata drivers to work!!! i guess i was picking the wrong 1/4. I got XP installed and everything is working great!!! thanks alot soooooo much for help
May 18, 2007 5:57:50 PM

lol congrats now you can guide others with installing sata drives ;) 

good luck
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