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HDD Not Recognised?

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April 30, 2011 10:20:25 PM

Hi there,

Currently I am trying to install either XP or Windows 7 to a Dell Dimension 5150. I have wiped the harddrive clean and it appears in the BIOS but every time I try to install the OS from a disc it comes up with the error 'Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.'

Is this down to drivers? If so, how would I install them without having an OS? Any help would be greatly received.

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a b G Storage
May 1, 2011 12:30:26 AM

If it wont load Win 7 then I doubt it is Drivers. Try another HDD to make sure it is not a faulty drive. Otherwise it is likely Dell is using some kind of Firmware on the drive that the standard install disks don't like. I know Dell have used their own Firmware in the past so ring them to confirm that a specialised installation is not required.
May 1, 2011 12:34:53 AM

Thanks for the reply but I have solved the problem. Something to do with the SATA options in the BIOS stopping a card reader or similar. Windows 7 wasn't burning to the disk so I just have XP for now, not too bothered though as it is more of a secondary computer.
a c 363 G Storage
May 1, 2011 3:54:52 AM

Win 7 should NOT have had a problem. BUT Win XP can ONLY be installed to a SATA unit if you set its SATA Port Mode in BIOS Setup to "IDE (or PATA) Emulation". (Well, you can install to SATA by loading the correct drivers from a floppy disk early in the Install routine with the F6 option, but many do not want to or cannot do that.) When installing XP, if your SATA Port Mode is set to SATA or AHCI, the Install routine will NOT find any drive it recognizes. As I said, though, Win 7 does not have that problem and should have worked no matter how your Port Mode was set.