1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
4. Log into your Windows installation
by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.
Well I have a Windows 7 cd , what I was trying was : I pluged out all the hard drives that I had been using and just left the completely blank Hitachi deskstar 1tb drive connected to the sata_2 0 slot on mobo. Then I boot from cd and just try a fresh install of Windows 7 x86(I think the highest one) then it says can not find drivers . So I searched for hard drive drivers for ages but there was none and then I got mobo drivers and put them on usb stick but still no joy so I don't reli know where I'm goin wrong....
But I was then gona connect old hdds and take off what I need?
W7 allows a repair install, shown in the lower left corner on the opening screen - have you tried that?
Also, check your BIOS to make sure it sees the HDD, and that it is selected as the boot HDD. Often getting the NTDLR missing message is caused by the BIOS trying to boot from a data HDD and not the OS HDD.
I think your 1TB HD is SATA, not IDE; it won't show on the IDE channel(s). You should find a BIOS selection for SATA drives (maybe on the advanced tab/screen, where you can set SATA to behave like IDE/PATA or AHCI or RAID - choose IDE/PATA or AHCI. You should be able to change the boot drive by highlighting it and then pressing the Enter key - sometimes you can use the + and - keys to cycle through the available boot devices.
It would be very unusual for one circuit or function to break. Do you see any physical damage to the board or its components? If not, try changing the SATA to AHCI and see if you can set the HDD to the second boot device and make the CD/DVD the first boot device so you can load W7. If the cd/dvd drive has no media, the computer will go straight to the HDD.
Going back to your original post: You already had one OS and wanted to add the 1TB HDD. Was that so you could dual boot from either the old OS or W7? If so, you will need to re-attach the other HDDs so W7 will see the old OS and install the bootloader file that allows dual-booting durin the W7 install porcess.
Well all i wanted really is to turn my new 1tb hdd into my main one and want to fresh install. And then copy some of my old stuff from the old hard drives on to the new ones but now it wont detect any hard drives
I am very puzzled.. I bet it is something simple though..ok i will try your suggestion
ok i think iv found why the drivers were not showing up..i was picking 32bit version when i thought i was picking 64... why do they call it 86 if its really 32? i was thinking the higher number was better version
ok i can see the drivers now but theres a box that says hide drivers that are not compatable with th hardware on this computer. So when i click this none stay in the list.. theres like 20 different ones.
ok i think iv found why the drivers were not showing up..i was picking 32bit version when i thought i was picking 64... why do they call it 86 if its really 32? i was thinking the higher number was better version x86 goes way back to the Intel 8086 chip and its architecture
ok i can see the drivers now but theres a box that says hide drivers that are not compatable with th hardware on this computer. So when i click this none stay in the list.. theres like 20 different ones. Sounds like you're trying to load RAID drivers, but only one HDD (1 partition) you cannot use RAID.
How do i know which one to use? Try the AHCI driver for W7x64 and your motherboard's chipset, ICHR9 or ICH10.