Installing XP pro to a SATA HDD attached to PCI Controller

By pieter_watzap ·
I have an old P3 PC (with P3-800Mhz and 512 RAM, and generic motherboard). The motherboard doesn't support HDD size more than 80GB, there used to be a 40 GB HDD attached on the IDE unfortunately its broken and I got an unused 160GB SATA HDD. I used a PCI (IDE & SATA combo) controller and connect the 160GB HDD to it. the problem is i cant install XP pro to it since the XP installation doesn't list the 160GB.
I tested the PCI controller to another PC (attached the 160GB SATA with the same SATA cable) and it works fine.
Another test i did was to borrow an 20GB HDD from another system just to make sure the Motherboard is still working, and also changing PCI slots.

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Sounds like a driver issue

by dazeboy79 In reply to Installing XP pro to a SA ...

Your hard drive can't be both SATA and IDE. Is it a SATA HD or an IDE? You can convert one to the other, and of course SATA is better. If you know for a fact that the HD cannot support anything larger than 89GB, I would prob just get another 40-80GB IDE HD. I believe your Operating System determined the largest size HD it can use i.e. Windows XP can easily use a 160GB HD, agin if it's not limited by the hardware. Also, you could try formatting the drive in another machine. Or you may just need a driver for the controller to be able to recognize the HD. There could also be more information on the manufacturer's website about your prob. Not sure, but good luck anyhow. Maybe I helped??

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You need to install the Driver for the PCI Controller Card

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Installing XP pro to a SA ...

To do this you need to press the F6 Key when the very first Blue Screen Appears in the Windows Install. When prompted insert a Floppy with the Drivers for the PCI to SATA Controller Card copied to the Root of the Floppy and press enter.

If you don't have a Floppy Drive you can make a Slipstreamed Install Disc with these drivers included by either following the directions here



You just need to add the driver the same way that you add SP2 in these.

Or you can use a piece of Software to make your Slipstreamed Install Disc called nLite.



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