+ 1 Votes Sometimes changing the drive controller setting in BIOS is needed robo_dev 2 years ago There's a setting for RAID vs IDE mode for SATA drives, and sometimes OS installs like one better than the other + 1 Votes what model cpq laptop? markp24 2 years ago fromt here we may be able to give you a link to the user manual and have step by step instruction on how to set this. + 1 Votes RE:- how do i change the drive controller setting OH Smeg 2 years ago You enter the BIOS Setup Screen and alter in there. After you make the change/s remember to save the changes as you exit the BIOS or they will not stick. So when you see the Compaq Screen press and hold down the F2 Key and when the BIOS Setup Screen appears navigate with the Arrow keys around till you find the RAID, SATA settings. It also wouldn't hurt to look at what Hardware is reported as Present to make sure that the BIOS is setup correctly. Also if it's just the Partition Tables you want to delete it's easier to use something like Kill Disc or Boot & Nuke to wipe the HDD and leave the system with a Bare drive that you can mess around with. Boot & Nuke http://www.dban.org/ Kill Disc http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm Just make sure you double check before running either of these Wiping Utilities. However if it's just the current partitions you want to change and have not already hosed the current OS wouldn't it be easier to resize them with either the Partition Manager in Windows or some Third Party Partition Manager? Col + 0 Votes Which Model Compaq have you got? OH Smeg 2 years ago If we know that we can tell you exactly what you need to do. Col + 0 Votes This might help based on your model... Charles Bundy Updated - 2 years ago I'm thinking this might be a SATA Native mode rather than an Intel RAID issue. I found maintenance info here - http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02948186.pdf. Unfortunately no BIOS options are enumerated My thinking is that flipping the SATA Native mode option to OFF/legacy should allow Win7 to install without HP drivers (think IDE here). Otherwise what Win7 is asking for at this point is HP SATA/AHCI optimized drivers which you wouldn't be able to load as the internal DVD IS SATA! Hope this helps! ADDENDUM: Based on Col's link to drivers you might find this useful http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/win-7-not-recognizing-sata/c265725a-0115-4b54-bd38-72f6d510d438 + 1 Votes Contact HP and follow this suggestions: Awahili Guni Updated - 2 years ago 1. You should always back up. 2. Always make a System Image and a System Repair Disc a) System Repair Disc requires a CD/DVD or Flash Drive (I recommend at least 8 GB or higher for breathing room and better performance in addition to being able to make copies of it just in case you lose your Pocket aka Flash). b) System Image is strongly recommended to be backed up to something more stable such as an EXHDD (external hard drive) or otherwise obtain another FLASH (not a CD/DVD (no sufficient space) with at least 16 GB or higher - which I recommend a 64 GB (hold your horses here as why 64 GB before you jump the gun). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When you restart Windows - do not select reinstallation (if you have 1 TB or higher you can do this and still have your files and the files there will become ".old" which will enable you to preserve your database without any loss); instead - click on CUSTOMIZED - ADVANCED - then ignoring what is there (because you want your files right?) then proceed as normal. (If you mess up, you can always go back and delete that specific partition that was created and still have your original Win 7 OS.) However, if you already proceeded without having done this - your best option would be contacting HP at www.hp.com - going to your OS (32 bit / x86 platform or 64 bit); make, model at their download services. HP may already have the SP 2 of Win 7 out to download instead of the original version (sans the SP 2); go ahead and download it for it will save you hoards of time of having to "catch up" on Windows Update just to get to SP 2. If you had just obtained this product, which probably most likely still under warranty; you very well may have the high chances of having it all restored at no cost to you. If I were you with the Tech, I would push the buttons in obtaining the CD ROM for the Win 7 (whatever the version applies) in SP 2 for free for all the trouble you've had to endure if you asked nicely, they might mail it to you and this way; you can be able to reinstall it plus if you ever crash - you always have that disk (or disc) in handy.[/ul] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOW going back to the 64 GB flash - - WHY? If it is all possible to have everything stored into that flash (before SP 2) System Repair and System Image; DO IT! After the SP 2 (Service Pack 2) has been installed; you have the privilege of doing the same thing again - creating System Repair and System Image but before you do: [ul] 1. Take Ownership of the file folders by: a) right clicking on Properties b) click on ADVANCED c) in each and every one of them, make sure Trusted Installer, System, Creator is removed and add your name plus additional i) You can create additional priviledges such as Administrator in Computer Manage- ment: Locate Users and Groups Open and click on Users Find Administrator Right click Properties Give it a Name other that "Administrator" - in next tab make sure it is in the same group as you are in and if you want the Administrator to have additional priliveges; you can. Then set Password - make it difficult, uncheck account disabled, password never expires, once clicking apply, go back and right click properties and check to make sure that "User changes password on logon" is unchecked (sometimes this pops up). You can add additional people if not already members in there; reviewing what privileges they have. But keep Administrators to the minmum for safety's sake! 2. Right Click in Properties after having taken ownership of the old original files: a) Click on "Hidden" b) Rename Files to "old" - System Repair Old for example b) Click on "ADVANCED" NOTE: Write down the encryption you wish to use temporarily Doing this prevents the SP 2 from overwriting the original files which you do not want this to happen Now proceed in creating a new Repair and Image of SP 2; once this has been done. Decrypt and unhide the OLD files but leave the name "OLD" on there so you would know which file was which. Store your Flash in a safe place for you can only make one copy. The reason for the 64 GB is because it offers more room and you can also move your file folders in there if necessary (please, by all means, leave at least 13 GB space to breathe) such as documents, photos, music - but it is generally a good idea to store those separately in another flash. If your OS is not a huge OS, a 32 GB may be well sufficient. Consult with a HP Tech to find out which would be best. In my humble opinion - one would never know if there would ever be a SP 3, for even Win XP goes all the way up to .... go figure how many SP's that version has! Better to play it safe than sorry. + 0 Votes MY BIG THNX GOES TO ALL OF YOU WHO GAVE THEIR BEST TYING TO HELP manue1991 2 years ago My problem isnt sloved, i tryed so hard but nothing seem to came up but i've got an idea though, i think it would be better if i take this laptop back where i bought it because it is not even a months old and is giving me some real hard time and now i feel like there's nothing more i can do to fix this problem.