Laptop and my new hard drive

By Emma_Jay ·
Recently Ive had to get a new hard drive as my friend placed my laptop on top of a box of car speakers and the magnets have wiped my old one clean. When booting up Windows XP installation it says "Seup did not detect any hard disks" can someone help me in order for my laptop to pick it up.
I have been into the BIOS and Ive seen the hard drive in the Boot setup area.
I have a Philips Freevents X55P the old HDD was a Fujitsu MHV2100BH PL SATA and the new one is a Toshiba MK1652GSX SATA.
Please help as I'm wreaking my head over this.
Thanks in advance

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Go into the bios

by Breezer85 In reply to Laptop and my new hard dr ...

and ensure the SATA option is out of 'Native' or equivelant mode!

Let me know how yopu get on

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I can only see the hard drive here.....

by Emma_Jay In reply to Go into the bios

Well im at work at the moment and will have a look as soon as I get home and I will definitly log on to let you know.
Can you tell me how I would know if its in the Native or equivilent mode?
I cannot see the hard drive any where else other then the Boot order setup menu.

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This can be perfectly normal with some SATA Drives

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Laptop and my new hard dr ...

Or more correctly some SATA Controllers.

As for how to see what the BIOS SATA is set all you need do is open the BIOS by pressing the Delete, F2 or F10 key as stated on the Splash Screen when you first turn on and look.

However if you are not using the Toshiba Supplied Recovery Disc XP will not be able to see a HDD as it doesn't Natively Support SATA Drives. You'll have to load the SATA Driver by either making a copy to the Root of a Floppy and pressing the F6 Key when the first Blue Screen Appears when you have the XP Install Disc in and waiting till you are prompted to Insert the Floppy in the A Drive and press enter.

If you don't have a Floppy Drive you can make your own Slipstreamed Install Disc and include the SATA Drivers on it by following the directions here


Download the PDF File of this article from here


Or use a product like nLite available for free download here


If you decide to use nLite make sure to read the Instructions on their web Site listed under Guides here



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