Booting WinXP on a Sata Drive

By tim.fry ·
I have just changed a Sata drive from one cpm[uter to another. I formated the sata drive using the Windows XP CD, and installed XP on the Sata drive. now that all went well. but when i go to boot the computer will not boot from the sata drive, it says there is no boot device. i am not sure if have plugged it in right.

the mother board is a Gigabyte

MB: GA 8N SLI Royal
H Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 200Gb

Thanks in advance

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by Breezer85 In reply to Booting WinXP on a Sata D ...

Go into the BIOS of that machine and check the drive config. It must be set FROM Native TO compatible. Reformat the drive and reinstall XP.

Let us know how you get on.

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Do you have one drive or two drives installed?.

Open up your case and look for your SATA drive, you should have TWO cables connected to it. You can only fit them to their own ports so basically you can not swap them over. Make sure that the power is going to the Drive from your power supply, trace the power cable from the drive itself and follow it to the connector on the power supply cable or it might be connected directly, when you find the cable try another one by un-plugging it and connecting to it. Now try and boot up and see if you get the same message.

If you have two drives then go into the BIOS and look for the BOOT section and make your settings like this:
1). First boot device, CD/DVD drive.
2). Second boot device, Floppy drive.
3). Third boot device, Hard drive (MASTER if IDE type).

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
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Replug SATA Connector again in Slot ....

by cyber.crime007 In reply to Booting WinXP on a Sata D ...

Replug SATA Connector again in Slot just go to bios check are u able to see SATA drive in bio setting and if u have floppy drive try to disable it and see hope it works

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See if this helps

by Jacky Howe In reply to Booting WinXP on a Sata D ...

Fist thing to check is whether the Drive is detected in BIOS. If this Hard Drive has had the OS installed on another PC and it isn't identical you will have to run a Repair/Install.
(1) Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer<br>
Attach one end of the SATA signal cable to the rear of the SATA hard drive and the other end to available SATA port(s) on the motherboard. If there are more than one SATA controller on your motherboard, you may refer to the motherboard user's manual to identify the SATA controller for the connector. Then connect the power connector from your power supply to the hard drive.
(2) Configuring SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup You have to make sure whether the SATA controller is configured correctly in system BIOS Setup and set BIOS boot sequence for the SATA hard drive(s)/RAID array.
Step 1:<br>
Turn on your computer and press Del to enter BIOS Setup during POST (Power-On Self Test). Make sure that Serial-ATAII 1 or Serial-ATAII 2 under the Integrated Peripherals menu is enabled (Serial-ATAII1 controls the SATAII0/1 connectors and Serial-ATAII2 controls the SATAII2/3 connectors).
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Primary Disk Drive

by Ekline In reply to Booting WinXP on a Sata D ...


1) Is it plugged into SATA0 from the mobo?
If Not, is the SATA# active for the HDD?

2) Did SATA0 active fromt he BIOS?
(if no, maybe CMOS Battery needs replacement)

3) Does the manufacturer website have a BIOS Flash update for SATA/RAID Drivers?

Call both manufacturers, get them both on the line and have a "Group" conversation on how to fix your issue. You ever done that? Me either but it sounds like fun I'm not going to participate in.

Good Luck Tim, I hope you get this working.

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