Windows XP is no longer able to detect the HDD

By Siaka_Turay ·
A ThinkCenter workstation, Lenovo MT-M6234-AZ1, with Windows XP SP3 installed have been running fine for several months. This morning it was found crashed because XP was no longer able to access the Hard Disk Drive, we tried a clean installation with a new Hard Drive but XP could not find the drive, we tried Windows 7 and it was perfectly installed without any issue. I updated the BIOS to the latest version and installed the latest version of the Windows XP device driver and application suite for the onboard disk controller

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Windows XP didn't come with SATA Drivers

by OH Smeg In reply to Windows XP is no longer a ...

You need to push the F6 Key when prompted to install Specialized Drivers I think they suggest SCSI or RAID and then wait till you are prompted to insert the driver into Disc A.

As most computers now no longer use Floppies I Slipstream the necessary Drivers to a Install Disc that I make for each different computer. You can use nLite a free utility to do this available here

http://www.nliteos .com/download.html

Just don't forget to read the instructions for it's use here there are several different languages so there may be something better for you than English if you are not a Native English Speaker.

http://www.nliteos .com/guides.html

remember to remove the space from between nliteos and the .com for a working URL.


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by robo_dev In reply to Windows XP didn't come wi ...

Also typically you have to switch from AHCI mode to compatibility-mode in BIOS or XP will not see the drive

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