Dell bios on sata drive

Hello,got a vista laptop that i want to put xp pro on
it installs but gets to cant find hard drive
its a sata drive that i cant change any thing in the bios
thank you
robin
can i when installing xp when it asks for raid drivers put some driver there from a different cd ????
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  1. If your notebook can't detect the HDD, you likely have a defective HDD or motherboard in the system itself. Does your Dell recognize the HDD in the BIOS? What model of Dell are you using?
  2. COLGeek said:
    If your notebook can't detect the HDD, you likely have a defective HDD or motherboard in the system itself. Does your Dell recognize the HDD in the BIOS? What model of Dell are you using?

    Gateway® M-7351u
    the bios does find the hard drive but i cant get xp t5o find it
    its a gateway with vista on it
    the original hard is prople failing
    i put a different one to xp on
    thank you
  3. Then why did you put Dell in the topic? Regardless, did swapping the HDD help?
  4. COLGeek said:
    Then why did you put Dell in the topic? Regardless, did swapping the HDD help?

    no xp wont find the hard drive
    i hear i can slip stream in sata drivers into xp
    will that work
    i'm working on to many computer at a time dell was the other one i'm working on
    thank you
  5. robinjhood said:
    no xp wont find the hard drive
    i hear i can slip stream in sata drivers into xp
    will that work
    i'm working on to many computer at a time dell was the other one i'm working on
    thank you

    Understood. If the BIOS won't recognize the HDD (be sure to try malmental's suggestion of flashing the BIOS to the most recent version, even if already installed), then the OS install will never see the HDD. Your computer must recognize it first. If you have a known good HDD installed, then the problem (assuming the BIOS update doesn't work) must be the SATA controller or SATA connector/cable in the notebook itself. If it is the controller, time for a new motherboard.

    Good luck!
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