HDD not recognized

By niebe ·
Computer boots from XP-CD but does not load Windows.Also boots from a "A" drive system disk but does not see the HDD in setup. Disk has been erased (killdisk). MOBO is MSI MS-6720 (SATA), HDD is a Maxtor Maxline Plus II 250 GB
SATA/150.. ???

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hard to break

by SystemCheck In reply to HDD not recognized

sounds like a bad hdd

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dead hard drive?

by Snuffy09 In reply to HDD not recognized

Make sure power is properly connected to drive.

Test with a known working drive

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You need the SATA drivers

by IC-IT In reply to HDD not recognized

you can download and put them on a floppy.
Use the XP CD to install.
Watch the screen closly for the "press F6 to load 3rd party drivers".

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why you need drivers for sata?

by Snuffy09 In reply to You need the SATA drivers

I have not had to do this yet installing windows on any SATA drive.

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Try it

by IC-IT In reply to why you need drivers for ...

with an original XP disk, or often one with SP1.

SATA did not exist when XP was first rolled out and there are a lot more types of drivers since SP1 and even SP2.

Sometimeas in the BIOS there is an option to load the drive as A PATA

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by Snuffy09 In reply to Try it

I have installed/reinstalled windows xp sp1 cd on my home computer several times and it has a SATA 2 (3.0 gbs) drive...

never had to load drivers, although i think my bios is says it uses IDE controller as master or something to that effect and my sata drive is listed beside it (the only device i have that's ide is my dvd drive) which i believe has something to do with the legacy option you were talking about.

I have often herd that you need to install 3rd party drivers when installing windows xp but wasnt sure on what rules applied because i never had an issue.


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Your Welcome { NT }

by IC-IT In reply to well
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Drivers needed for SATA on XP. . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to why you need drivers for ...

Drivers are needed for a SATA controller that isn't operating in Legacy IDE mode:
- Legacy Mode must be set in BIOS before boot
- various Mfg. have different names for it
- some call it Native Mode, Legacy Mode, etc.

Legacy / Native IDE Mode is offered on some of the newer MBs that use SATA-II 3Gb/s controllers
and some boards don't support it and must use drivers,
most are phasing out Legacy / Native mode as vista & 7 support SATA out of the box.

there are limitations to the Legacy mode such as no hot swap / plugging of drives in a running system, etc.

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by oldbaritone In reply to You need the SATA drivers

Been there, done that, got a tee-shirt, don't need another tee-shirt.

When XP doesn't see a SATA drive, try loading drivers.

Unless you enjoy beating your head against the wall.


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