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HARD DRIVE PROBLEMS

 
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GRECIAN2007



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:19 pm    Post subject: HARD DRIVE PROBLEMS Reply with quote

Hi I have a pentium4 2.8ghz with two drives (1 pata 120gig) and a second which is a sata 250 gb hard drive, which I installed separately (including installation of a sata controller). I have had this running with the original pata drive. I have xp installed on both drives but my old drive has packed up so I have removed this. The computer is booting fine into xp but I want to format the sata drive and reinstall xp. When I put in the xp disk and boot to the cd it comes up no drive found. Can someone help as I am stuck as to how to get xp to find my drive to format and reinstall.

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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows XP installation doesn't have built in drivers for SATA controllers, so you need to install them with the XP installation. Once you have booted from your XP CD, and started the installation you will get a message saying Press F6 to Install RAID or SCSI Drivers (this is withing the first minute or 2 of installation). It will then prompt you for the drivers, you will need to insert the floppy disk or CD ROM for your SATA controller and point to the appropriate drivers.

With the drivers installed you can now continue the Windows installation as usual and format your drive etc.
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