no floppy a drive on laptop.

By computercat ·
while downloading a copy of xp i recieve the message: setup did not find any hard drivers installed in the computer. I do not have a floppy drive.

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by robo_dev In reply to no floppy a drive on lapt ...

you mean when installing XP, correct?

What kind of computer do you have?

Many different brands of SATA controllers are not included with the XP install disk.

If you use an OEM Windows install disk for your PC, it should have the drivers.

The SATA driver issue typically happens only with XP or XP SP1, so if you're loading XP SP2, it has a very good inventory of SATA drivers on it.

What you need to do is:

a) get a USB floppy drive and copy the required SATA drivers to a diskette.


b) get an OEM Windows XP CD for your PC.


c) Get a XP SP2 CD versus what you've got.


c) 'Slipstream' the SATA drivers onto a Windows XP install CD. This is a bit tricky.


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by brian In reply to no floppy a drive on lapt ...

...Setup said it found no HARD DRIVES... Most likely if it is a newer computer, you need to enter the BIOS and change the hard drive setting from AHCI to IDE (windows vista and 7 use AHCI)...start there and see what happens...if that doesn't work, then more informaiton will help, make/model of computer, original os...etc...the post above may also be another step you need to take.

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XP was made before SATA Drives existed

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to no floppy a drive on lapt ...

So it doesn't have the necessary SATA Drivers included in the Install Media. If you need to include these you need to make a Slipstreamed Install Disc and include the System or M'Board Makers SATA Driver.

To do this you can use nLite which is available free here


Just do not forget to read the Instructions listed under Guides for the way to use this software



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Press F6 to load additional drivers

by oldbaritone In reply to no floppy a drive on lapt ...

During the boot of the Windows install CD, it pauses for a second with the message "Press F6 to load additional drivers"

Do that. Then insert a CD with the drivers for your SATA hardware. Load them, then windows will ask for the original disk back. You'll probably need to swap a few times during the install process.

Or alternatively, try BIOS configuration and see if your HDD controller has an IDE mode. Set it for IDE, install windows, then load the upgraded SATA drivers and the manufacturer's driver will switch the controller to SATA mode during boot.

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