General discussion

Locked

Win XP install cant see sata hard drives

By falconi ·
Hi,
I have a question that I would appreciate the answer to if possible.
I'm trying to install Win XP home an my PC but setup cant find any hard drives on the system so wont continue.
I have 2 sata drives that appear in the bios ok.
I have a Asus K8vSE MB, AMD 64 3200+ CPU and 2 Via sata drives, one 160gb and the other 120gb.
Been racking my brains but just cant figure out the problem.
Any help I would be indebted for ever.
Thanks in advance
Pete

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

13 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

by CG IT In reply to Win XP install cant see s ...

well, when SATA first came out, the Promise SATA controller was seen as a [ RAID ]SCSI drive or mass storage device. When you first installed Windows it asks whether or not you have any mass storage drivers to install and to press F6 if you did. At that point you press F6 and allow Windows to install the drivers. Also you had to change the boot order to boot SCSI or boot other [depending upon the mainboard BIOS ]. That way the BIOS reports to the O/S a SCSI bootable array.

this is all based on you creating the Promise Array [which during the BIOS POST you have the option of entering the RAID array to set it up].

I would download the SATA manual for the mainboard you have from the Asus site, then follow the directions for setting up the SATA Raid Array when Windows is already installed on the computer. There are a couple of methods [new and with Windows already installed] listed in the Promise Fasttrak SATA Manual.

Collapse -

by falconi In reply to

Poster rated this answer.

Collapse -

by TheChas In reply to Win XP install cant see s ...

There is an interesting issue with most of the on-board SATA controllers. They are designed as RAID controllers.

Before you can use the drives, you need to define a RAID array.

Set up a single disk array for each drive and you will be able to use them as single drives.

Next, you need the VIA driver on either floppy disk or CD so that the XP installer can see the drives.

After booting from the XP CD, start the installation and wait for the prompt to press F6 to load additional storage device drivers.

Then, when prompted, either swap the CD or insert the floppy.

You should now be able to install XP.

Chas

Collapse -

by falconi In reply to

Poster rated this answer.

Collapse -

by Blackcurrant In reply to Win XP install cant see s ...

Hi

I thought that RAID 1 arrays required both disks to be identical.

Another solution you may want to try is to remove just one disk, see if XP will install, then reinstall the second disk.

Also, are these disks partitioned and formatted?

Good luck

Collapse -

by falconi In reply to

Poster rated this answer.

Collapse -

by jkaras In reply to Win XP install cant see s ...

Not to be annoying or anything, but you are positive that the power connectors are properly seated? So far it was the only thing not mentioned. It probably is the raid issue.

Let me know what you think of your new setup. I have been thinking of using either ASUS or MSI with the new 64 AMD. I also am interested in the new SATA drives but not sure if they are all they are cracked up to be. Did you have problems adapting the power cords with an older power supply?

Collapse -

by falconi In reply to

Poster rated this answer.

Collapse -

by willcomp In reply to Win XP install cant see s ...

I assume that you do not have arrayed drives since they are different models. If that is the case, you should not have to setup a RAID array.

However, for VIA SATA controller, you must load the VIA RAID drivers during Win XP install. The F6 (load driver) key is used and drivers must be on a floppy disk in Drive A: The CD that came with your motherboard has the drivers and they are also available on the Asus web site. Mobo manual should have instructions for creating driver diskette and installing drivers.

Dalton

Collapse -

by willcomp In reply to

We answered your question, now please rate answers and close question.

Glad you are now up and running.

Back to Desktop Forum
13 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums