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Existing OS HDD (Win XP Pro, SATA 3G/s) onto new mobo

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August 8, 2010 5:15:40 AM

Hello,

I had a BIOS mishap on a 5-year-old system which led me to an upgrade of mobo/CPU & RAM. Want to use my existing Win XP Pro installation, but having a dickens of a time getting into the existing partition, even with the ASUS AHCI drivers slipstreamed into my WinXP install CD. Anything I can do to avoid reformatting & reinstalling Windows? (have tried many things up to Hiren's BootCD 10.6 to no avail)

Thanks..

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August 8, 2010 5:25:14 AM

Go back into your BIOS and get rid of the AHCI, go to regular SATA/IDE.

Boot from the XP CD and perform a repair.

After repair is completed, re-install Framework and Direct-X (they will be bad).

If you want to use AHCI, make it work after Windows is running properly.
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August 8, 2010 5:31:51 AM

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Go back into your BIOS and get rid of the AHCI, go to regular SATA/IDE.

Boot from the XP CD and perform a repair.
Sadly, whether set to IDE or AHCI in BIOS, the Windows Setup app sees a non-Windows partition on the drive and wants to repartition. Beyond any issues with the two motherboards & controllers, there should be no problems with the drive, so I was hoping against hope I could avoid the hassles of reinstallation, reconfiguration, recovery of oodles of updates & lots of software re-installation.. May have no other choice at this point..
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August 8, 2010 5:43:14 AM

Got about $15 to "invest" ??

You could get a cheap SATA controller (SilImage 3112 or 3114) and hope it being such a basic controller would accept your drive and let it work. It's a roll of the dice without too much to loose.
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