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Anonymous
September 18, 2005 2:11:30 PM

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I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have tried
booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2 Maxtor
IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and from a boot
disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have tried. I have fdisk'd
them, reformated them, repartitioned them repeatedly. Installing Windows XP
keeps giving me the same error - no hard drives found. MS KB has been no
help in this. Anyone know anything else I can try please?

--

Kevin
September 18, 2005 4:23:38 PM

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Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform fdisk to
reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the xp disc , have a
look at this website in how its done , just select clean install on the left
side pane

http://michaelstevenstech.com/

.....
"Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have tried
>booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2 Maxtor
>IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and from a boot
>disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have tried. I have
>fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned them repeatedly. Installing
>Windows XP keeps giving me the same error - no hard drives found. MS KB
>has been no help in this. Anyone know anything else I can try please?
>
> --
>
> Kevin
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 18, 2005 4:23:39 PM

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Thanks for the reply, but no I can't. The WinXP CD can't find any hard
drives. That is my problem. Neither can the Win2000 CD. Yet they are
there, they are functional, and can copy files too and from them. But XP
can't see them.

--

Kevin


"RoadRunner" <xpnewsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:erCyt0GvFHA.744@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform fdisk to
> reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the xp disc , have a
> look at this website in how its done , just select clean install on the
> left side pane
>
> http://michaelstevenstech.com/
>
> ....
> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have tried
>>booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2 Maxtor
>>IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and from a boot
>>disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have tried. I have
>>fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned them repeatedly. Installing
>>Windows XP keeps giving me the same error - no hard drives found. MS KB
>>has been no help in this. Anyone know anything else I can try please?
>>
>> --
>>
>> Kevin
>>
>>
>>
>
>
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September 18, 2005 6:59:58 PM

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>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>> news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have tried
>>>booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2 Maxtor
>>>IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and from a boot
>>>disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have tried. I have
>>>fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned them repeatedly. Installing
>>>Windows XP keeps giving me the same error - no hard drives found. MS KB
>>>has been no help in this. Anyone know anything else I can try please?
>>> Kevin


> "RoadRunner" <xpnewsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:erCyt0GvFHA.744@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform fdisk
>> to reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the xp disc ,
>> have a look at this website in how its done , just select clean install
>> on the left side pane
>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/


"Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:uWUYD9GvFHA.3740@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> Thanks for the reply, but no I can't. The WinXP CD can't find any hard
> drives. That is my problem. Neither can the Win2000 CD. Yet they are
> there, they are functional, and can copy files too and from them. But XP
> can't see them.
> Kevin


Kevin:
When you say you can read (and presumably write) to both of those drives,
you're referring to the situation where you've installed them in another
machine and they seem to function OK as data/storage (non-booting) drives.
Is that right? So it's clear from this that you know the drives are not
defective. Is that it?

Or do you mean that you've installed them in the another machine with
another bootable drive and they function OK as data storage/backup drives?

In any event, there doesn't seem to be any mechanical/electronic problems
with those drives, right?

Now you're trying to install XP on one (or both?) of those drives? Or are
you simply trying to use them as second (and third?) storage drives in your
computer, in that you have a bootable drive installed in that machine?

Could you clarify all this and we can go on from there. In doing so, please
report *precisely* how you've connected/configured/jumpered *all* the hard
drives you're using.
Anna
Anonymous
September 18, 2005 6:59:59 PM

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No, I mean on this machine I can read and write to the drives using things
like Ghost, or Maxplus, or just DOS boot disks. I am trying to install XP
onto the master drive. They are set up correctly as master/slave. Nothing
in the hardware has changed since I started trying to reinstall XP (bought a
new pc, and want to give this one to my daughter clean) Every utility I
have tried, including windows boot disks can see the drives. But when I try
to install XP it says no hard drives detected.

--

Kevin


"Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
news:eG0msMIvFHA.3556@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>
>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>> news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have tried
>>>>booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2 Maxtor
>>>>IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and from a boot
>>>>disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have tried. I have
>>>>fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned them repeatedly.
>>>>Installing Windows XP keeps giving me the same error - no hard drives
>>>>found. MS KB has been no help in this. Anyone know anything else I can
>>>>try please?
>>>> Kevin
>
>
>> "RoadRunner" <xpnewsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:erCyt0GvFHA.744@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>> Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform fdisk
>>> to reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the xp disc ,
>>> have a look at this website in how its done , just select clean install
>>> on the left side pane
>>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/
>
>
> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:uWUYD9GvFHA.3740@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> Thanks for the reply, but no I can't. The WinXP CD can't find any hard
>> drives. That is my problem. Neither can the Win2000 CD. Yet they are
>> there, they are functional, and can copy files too and from them. But XP
>> can't see them.
>> Kevin
>
>
> Kevin:
> When you say you can read (and presumably write) to both of those drives,
> you're referring to the situation where you've installed them in another
> machine and they seem to function OK as data/storage (non-booting) drives.
> Is that right? So it's clear from this that you know the drives are not
> defective. Is that it?
>
> Or do you mean that you've installed them in the another machine with
> another bootable drive and they function OK as data storage/backup drives?
>
> In any event, there doesn't seem to be any mechanical/electronic problems
> with those drives, right?
>
> Now you're trying to install XP on one (or both?) of those drives? Or are
> you simply trying to use them as second (and third?) storage drives in
> your computer, in that you have a bootable drive installed in that
> machine?
>
> Could you clarify all this and we can go on from there. In doing so,
> please report *precisely* how you've connected/configured/jumpered *all*
> the hard drives you're using.
> Anna
>
September 18, 2005 10:29:25 PM

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> "Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
> news:eG0msMIvFHA.3556@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>
>>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>>> news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have tried
>>>>>booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2 Maxtor
>>>>>IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and from a boot
>>>>>disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have tried. I have
>>>>>fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned them repeatedly.
>>>>>Installing Windows XP keeps giving me the same error - no hard drives
>>>>>found. MS KB has been no help in this. Anyone know anything else I
>>>>>can try please?
>>>>> Kevin
>>
>>
>>> "RoadRunner" <xpnewsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:erCyt0GvFHA.744@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>>> Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform fdisk
>>>> to reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the xp disc ,
>>>> have a look at this website in how its done , just select clean install
>>>> on the left side pane
>>>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/
>>
>>
>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>> news:uWUYD9GvFHA.3740@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>> Thanks for the reply, but no I can't. The WinXP CD can't find any hard
>>> drives. That is my problem. Neither can the Win2000 CD. Yet they are
>>> there, they are functional, and can copy files too and from them. But
>>> XP can't see them.
>>> Kevin
>>
>>
>> Kevin:
>> When you say you can read (and presumably write) to both of those drives,
>> you're referring to the situation where you've installed them in another
>> machine and they seem to function OK as data/storage (non-booting)
>> drives. Is that right? So it's clear from this that you know the drives
>> are not defective. Is that it?
>>
>> Or do you mean that you've installed them in the another machine with
>> another bootable drive and they function OK as data storage/backup
>> drives?
>>
>> In any event, there doesn't seem to be any mechanical/electronic problems
>> with those drives, right?
>>
>> Now you're trying to install XP on one (or both?) of those drives? Or are
>> you simply trying to use them as second (and third?) storage drives in
>> your computer, in that you have a bootable drive installed in that
>> machine?
>>
>> Could you clarify all this and we can go on from there. In doing so,
>> please report *precisely* how you've connected/configured/jumpered *all*
>> the hard drives you're using.
>> Anna

"Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:%23xHZ5lIvFHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> No, I mean on this machine I can read and write to the drives using things
> like Ghost, or Maxplus, or just DOS boot disks. I am trying to install XP
> onto the master drive. They are set up correctly as master/slave.
> Nothing in the hardware has changed since I started trying to reinstall XP
> (bought a new pc, and want to give this one to my daughter clean) Every
> utility I have tried, including windows boot disks can see the drives.
> But when I try to install XP it says no hard drives detected.
> Kevin


Kevin:
Forgive my denseness but I'm still not clear on your situation...

You obviously have a machine with a bootable XP OS since here you are
posting a message from (I assume) that computer.

Now, for one reason or another, you want to install XP on one (or both?) of
the drives in question, the 30 GB & 40 GB drives on that same machine. Do I
have it right so far?

If I do... You disconnect the Primary Master and install the 30 GB drive and
try to install XP on that drive using, of course, the XP installation CD.
But you can't because you get a message that no HD is detected on your
computer. Now you disconnect that 30 GB drive and install 40 GB one. And the
same thing happens.

Do I have it right now?
Anna
Anonymous
September 18, 2005 10:29:26 PM

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No, I built a new machine which I am posting from. The old machine, I am
giving to my daughter, so I wanted to install XP fresh and get rid of years
of accumulated junk. When I started this task, you could still boot to XP.
I first tried installing from in Windows, and when it rebooted, it couldn't
find any hard drives. It could still boot to Windows safe mode, but no
where else. I then tried reformating both drives. No problem, but XP setup
still couldn't see a drive. Every utility I've tried has no problem seeing
them. I even installed DOS 6.0 onto the drive, and can boot from that.
Then run WINNT from the CD, and again, no drive. So right now, I have a
machine, that was running XP with no problems. I've made no hardware
changes, and no BIOS changes. DOS can see and run on the drive. In setup,
if I hit F6 to load drivers (I figured maybe it had a problem with the
motherboard controller) and put in the driver disk for the HD controller, it
says it already has those drivers in Windows. But it still doesn't see the
drive.
Thanks for your help Anna.

--

Kevin


"Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
news:e3KRzBKvFHA.3588@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>
>> "Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
>> news:eG0msMIvFHA.3556@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>>
>>>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>>>> news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>>>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have
>>>>>>tried booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2
>>>>>>Maxtor IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and
>>>>>>from a boot disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have
>>>>>>tried. I have fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned them
>>>>>>repeatedly. Installing Windows XP keeps giving me the same error - no
>>>>>>hard drives found. MS KB has been no help in this. Anyone know
>>>>>>anything else I can try please?
>>>>>> Kevin
>>>
>>>
>>>> "RoadRunner" <xpnewsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:erCyt0GvFHA.744@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>>>> Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform
>>>>> fdisk to reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the xp
>>>>> disc , have a look at this website in how its done , just select clean
>>>>> install on the left side pane
>>>>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/
>>>
>>>
>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>> news:uWUYD9GvFHA.3740@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>> Thanks for the reply, but no I can't. The WinXP CD can't find any hard
>>>> drives. That is my problem. Neither can the Win2000 CD. Yet they are
>>>> there, they are functional, and can copy files too and from them. But
>>>> XP can't see them.
>>>> Kevin
>>>
>>>
>>> Kevin:
>>> When you say you can read (and presumably write) to both of those
>>> drives, you're referring to the situation where you've installed them in
>>> another machine and they seem to function OK as data/storage
>>> (non-booting) drives. Is that right? So it's clear from this that you
>>> know the drives are not defective. Is that it?
>>>
>>> Or do you mean that you've installed them in the another machine with
>>> another bootable drive and they function OK as data storage/backup
>>> drives?
>>>
>>> In any event, there doesn't seem to be any mechanical/electronic
>>> problems with those drives, right?
>>>
>>> Now you're trying to install XP on one (or both?) of those drives? Or
>>> are you simply trying to use them as second (and third?) storage drives
>>> in your computer, in that you have a bootable drive installed in that
>>> machine?
>>>
>>> Could you clarify all this and we can go on from there. In doing so,
>>> please report *precisely* how you've connected/configured/jumpered *all*
>>> the hard drives you're using.
>>> Anna
>
> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:%23xHZ5lIvFHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> No, I mean on this machine I can read and write to the drives using
>> things like Ghost, or Maxplus, or just DOS boot disks. I am trying to
>> install XP onto the master drive. They are set up correctly as
>> master/slave. Nothing in the hardware has changed since I started trying
>> to reinstall XP (bought a new pc, and want to give this one to my
>> daughter clean) Every utility I have tried, including windows boot disks
>> can see the drives. But when I try to install XP it says no hard drives
>> detected.
>> Kevin
>
>
> Kevin:
> Forgive my denseness but I'm still not clear on your situation...
>
> You obviously have a machine with a bootable XP OS since here you are
> posting a message from (I assume) that computer.
>
> Now, for one reason or another, you want to install XP on one (or both?)
> of the drives in question, the 30 GB & 40 GB drives on that same machine.
> Do I have it right so far?
>
> If I do... You disconnect the Primary Master and install the 30 GB drive
> and try to install XP on that drive using, of course, the XP installation
> CD. But you can't because you get a message that no HD is detected on your
> computer. Now you disconnect that 30 GB drive and install 40 GB one. And
> the same thing happens.
>
> Do I have it right now?
> Anna
>
September 19, 2005 1:56:35 AM

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>>>>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>>>>> news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>>>>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have
>>>>>>>tried booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives (2
>>>>>>>Maxtor IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS, and
>>>>>>>from a boot disk. They also show up fine in every utility I have
>>>>>>>tried. I have fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned them
>>>>>>>repeatedly. Installing Windows XP keeps giving me the same error - no
>>>>>>>hard drives found. MS KB has been no help in this. Anyone know
>>>>>>>anything else I can try please?
>>>>>>> Kevin

>>>>> "RoadRunner" <xpnewsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>>>> news:erCyt0GvFHA.744@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>>>>> Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform
>>>>>> fdisk to reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the xp
>>>>>> disc , have a look at this website in how its done , just select
>>>>>> clean install on the left side pane
>>>>>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/


>>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>>> news:uWUYD9GvFHA.3740@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>> Thanks for the reply, but no I can't. The WinXP CD can't find any
>>>>> hard drives. That is my problem. Neither can the Win2000 CD. Yet
>>>>> they are there, they are functional, and can copy files too and from
>>>>> them. But XP can't see them.
>>>>> Kevin


>>> "Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
>>> news:eG0msMIvFHA.3556@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...


> "Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
> news:e3KRzBKvFHA.3588@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>>>> Kevin:
>>>> When you say you can read (and presumably write) to both of those
>>>> drives, you're referring to the situation where you've installed them
>>>> in another machine and they seem to function OK as data/storage
>>>> (non-booting) drives. Is that right? So it's clear from this that you
>>>> know the drives are not defective. Is that it?
>>>>
>>>> Or do you mean that you've installed them in the another machine with
>>>> another bootable drive and they function OK as data storage/backup
>>>> drives?
>>>>
>>>> In any event, there doesn't seem to be any mechanical/electronic
>>>> problems with those drives, right?
>>>>
>>>> Now you're trying to install XP on one (or both?) of those drives? Or
>>>> are you simply trying to use them as second (and third?) storage drives
>>>> in your computer, in that you have a bootable drive installed in that
>>>> machine?
>>>>
>>>> Could you clarify all this and we can go on from there. In doing so,
>>>> please report *precisely* how you've connected/configured/jumpered
>>>> *all* the hard drives you're using.
>>>> Anna


>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>> news:%23xHZ5lIvFHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>> No, I mean on this machine I can read and write to the drives using
>>> things like Ghost, or Maxplus, or just DOS boot disks. I am trying to
>>> install XP onto the master drive. They are set up correctly as
>>> master/slave. Nothing in the hardware has changed since I started trying
>>> to reinstall XP (bought a new pc, and want to give this one to my
>>> daughter clean) Every utility I have tried, including windows boot
>>> disks can see the drives. But when I try to install XP it says no hard
>>> drives detected.
>>> Kevin


>> Kevin:
>> Forgive my denseness but I'm still not clear on your situation...
>>
>> You obviously have a machine with a bootable XP OS since here you are
>> posting a message from (I assume) that computer.
>>
>> Now, for one reason or another, you want to install XP on one (or both?)
>> of the drives in question, the 30 GB & 40 GB drives on that same machine.
>> Do I have it right so far?
>>
>> If I do... You disconnect the Primary Master and install the 30 GB drive
>> and try to install XP on that drive using, of course, the XP installation
>> CD. But you can't because you get a message that no HD is detected on
>> your computer. Now you disconnect that 30 GB drive and install 40 GB one.
>> And the same thing happens.
>>
>> Do I have it right now?
>> Anna


"Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:umWyTuKvFHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> No, I built a new machine which I am posting from. The old machine, I am
> giving to my daughter, so I wanted to install XP fresh and get rid of
> years of accumulated junk. When I started this task, you could still boot
> to XP. I first tried installing from in Windows, and when it rebooted, it
> couldn't find any hard drives. It could still boot to Windows safe mode,
> but no where else. I then tried reformating both drives. No problem, but
> XP setup still couldn't see a drive. Every utility I've tried has no
> problem seeing them. I even installed DOS 6.0 onto the drive, and can
> boot from that. Then run WINNT from the CD, and again, no drive. So right
> now, I have a machine, that was running XP with no problems. I've made no
> hardware changes, and no BIOS changes. DOS can see and run on the drive.
> In setup, if I hit F6 to load drivers (I figured maybe it had a problem
> with the motherboard controller) and put in the driver disk for the HD
> controller, it says it already has those drivers in Windows. But it still
> doesn't see the drive.
> Thanks for your help Anna.
> Kevin


Kevin:
I think (although I'm still not entirely sure) that I understand your
situation...
You have a computer (containing XP, right?) that's actually working fine. It
boots with whatever bootable drive is in that machine. But you want, (for
some reason I'm not particularly clear about), to install XP on some older
30 GB & 40 GB drives and install (I guess) one of them as the new bootable
drive. You know those drives are not defective because when they're
installed as (we'll call them) secondary drives, i.e., for storage/backup
purposes, the system detects them and there's no problem accessing data on
those drives. But you can't install XP on either of those drives because
when you use the XP installation CD to install the OS, it reports there are
no hard disks present.

So if I have it right now -- why can't you simply use that "good" bootable
drive that works in that machine and be done with it? Delete whatever
programs/data you don't want on that drive. Use one or both of the other
drives for storage/backup purposes.

What is this business about "I hit F6 to load drivers" because "maybe
(there's) a problem with the motherboard controller"? We're not talking SATA
drives or some RAID setup here, are we? What "driver disk for the HD
controller"?

We'll get to the bottom of this yet, Kevin.
Anna
Anonymous
September 19, 2005 6:38:34 PM

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No, I have more than one computer. You wondered how I was posting if I
didn't have Windows. I have another computer. I am trying to get my old
computer back working after formating the hard drives. It is that, that is
the problem. As for applying drivers on setup, I have been trying
everything I can think of to get it to work, including that. No, it is not
SATA or RAID (both are auto detected by XP anyway).

--

Kevin


"Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
news:%23H7Qg1LvFHA.3556@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>
>>>>>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>>>>>> news:eB0dZtGvFHA.3236@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>>>>>I am having this problem trying to re-install windows XP. I have
>>>>>>>>tried booting from boot disk, and from the XP CD. The hard drives
>>>>>>>>(2 Maxtor IDE133 drives, one 30GB one 40GB) show up fine in BIOS,
>>>>>>>>and from a boot disk. They also show up fine in every utility I
>>>>>>>>have tried. I have fdisk'd them, reformated them, repartitioned
>>>>>>>>them repeatedly. Installing Windows XP keeps giving me the same
>>>>>>>>error - no hard drives found. MS KB has been no help in this.
>>>>>>>>Anyone know anything else I can try please?
>>>>>>>> Kevin
>
>>>>>> "RoadRunner" <xpnewsgroup@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>>>>> news:erCyt0GvFHA.744@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>>>>>> Hi ... If you have an Windows xp disc ? Then you wouldn't perform
>>>>>>> fdisk to reformat the drives , You can reformat the drive with the
>>>>>>> xp disc , have a look at this website in how its done , just select
>>>>>>> clean install on the left side pane
>>>>>>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/
>
>
>>>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>>>> news:uWUYD9GvFHA.3740@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>>> Thanks for the reply, but no I can't. The WinXP CD can't find any
>>>>>> hard drives. That is my problem. Neither can the Win2000 CD. Yet
>>>>>> they are there, they are functional, and can copy files too and from
>>>>>> them. But XP can't see them.
>>>>>> Kevin
>
>
>>>> "Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
>>>> news:eG0msMIvFHA.3556@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>
>
>> "Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
>> news:e3KRzBKvFHA.3588@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>>>>> Kevin:
>>>>> When you say you can read (and presumably write) to both of those
>>>>> drives, you're referring to the situation where you've installed them
>>>>> in another machine and they seem to function OK as data/storage
>>>>> (non-booting) drives. Is that right? So it's clear from this that you
>>>>> know the drives are not defective. Is that it?
>>>>>
>>>>> Or do you mean that you've installed them in the another machine with
>>>>> another bootable drive and they function OK as data storage/backup
>>>>> drives?
>>>>>
>>>>> In any event, there doesn't seem to be any mechanical/electronic
>>>>> problems with those drives, right?
>>>>>
>>>>> Now you're trying to install XP on one (or both?) of those drives? Or
>>>>> are you simply trying to use them as second (and third?) storage
>>>>> drives in your computer, in that you have a bootable drive installed
>>>>> in that machine?
>>>>>
>>>>> Could you clarify all this and we can go on from there. In doing so,
>>>>> please report *precisely* how you've connected/configured/jumpered
>>>>> *all* the hard drives you're using.
>>>>> Anna
>
>
>>> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
>>> news:%23xHZ5lIvFHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>>> No, I mean on this machine I can read and write to the drives using
>>>> things like Ghost, or Maxplus, or just DOS boot disks. I am trying to
>>>> install XP onto the master drive. They are set up correctly as
>>>> master/slave. Nothing in the hardware has changed since I started
>>>> trying to reinstall XP (bought a new pc, and want to give this one to
>>>> my daughter clean) Every utility I have tried, including windows boot
>>>> disks can see the drives. But when I try to install XP it says no hard
>>>> drives detected.
>>>> Kevin
>
>
>>> Kevin:
>>> Forgive my denseness but I'm still not clear on your situation...
>>>
>>> You obviously have a machine with a bootable XP OS since here you are
>>> posting a message from (I assume) that computer.
>>>
>>> Now, for one reason or another, you want to install XP on one (or both?)
>>> of the drives in question, the 30 GB & 40 GB drives on that same
>>> machine. Do I have it right so far?
>>>
>>> If I do... You disconnect the Primary Master and install the 30 GB drive
>>> and try to install XP on that drive using, of course, the XP
>>> installation CD. But you can't because you get a message that no HD is
>>> detected on your computer. Now you disconnect that 30 GB drive and
>>> install 40 GB one. And the same thing happens.
>>>
>>> Do I have it right now?
>>> Anna
>
>
> "Kevin" <warhawk@nospam.shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:umWyTuKvFHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> No, I built a new machine which I am posting from. The old machine, I am
>> giving to my daughter, so I wanted to install XP fresh and get rid of
>> years of accumulated junk. When I started this task, you could still
>> boot to XP. I first tried installing from in Windows, and when it
>> rebooted, it couldn't find any hard drives. It could still boot to
>> Windows safe mode, but no where else. I then tried reformating both
>> drives. No problem, but XP setup still couldn't see a drive. Every
>> utility I've tried has no problem seeing them. I even installed DOS 6.0
>> onto the drive, and can boot from that. Then run WINNT from the CD, and
>> again, no drive. So right now, I have a machine, that was running XP
>> with no problems. I've made no hardware changes, and no BIOS changes.
>> DOS can see and run on the drive. In setup, if I hit F6 to load drivers
>> (I figured maybe it had a problem with the motherboard controller) and
>> put in the driver disk for the HD controller, it says it already has
>> those drivers in Windows. But it still doesn't see the drive.
>> Thanks for your help Anna.
>> Kevin
>
>
> Kevin:
> I think (although I'm still not entirely sure) that I understand your
> situation...
> You have a computer (containing XP, right?) that's actually working fine.
> It boots with whatever bootable drive is in that machine. But you want,
> (for some reason I'm not particularly clear about), to install XP on some
> older 30 GB & 40 GB drives and install (I guess) one of them as the new
> bootable drive. You know those drives are not defective because when
> they're installed as (we'll call them) secondary drives, i.e., for
> storage/backup purposes, the system detects them and there's no problem
> accessing data on those drives. But you can't install XP on either of
> those drives because when you use the XP installation CD to install the
> OS, it reports there are no hard disks present.
>
> So if I have it right now -- why can't you simply use that "good" bootable
> drive that works in that machine and be done with it? Delete whatever
> programs/data you don't want on that drive. Use one or both of the other
> drives for storage/backup purposes.
>
> What is this business about "I hit F6 to load drivers" because "maybe
> (there's) a problem with the motherboard controller"? We're not talking
> SATA drives or some RAID setup here, are we? What "driver disk for the HD
> controller"?
>
> We'll get to the bottom of this yet, Kevin.
> Anna
>
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