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Windows XP will not load from SATA HDD

By JakesComputerRepair ·
Hello all, need some help, please. Just built a new system and cannot get Windows XP Sp1 to load from the SATA HDD. After I run the initial setup and formatting, windows states "This portion of the installation has finished, PC will reboot in 15 seconds, setup will continue after reboot." Once the PC reboots it boots from the CD and brings me right back to the inital setup and asks if I want to setup windows on this partition or create a new one, etc....Almost as if the first run never took. If I remove the CD, change the boot sequence to HDD first, the system just hangs after post, requesting "Boot from CD."

My config is as follows:
AMD 64 3000+ FSB integrated into chip
1GB DDR400 PC3200
GigaByte Mobo Socket 939 w/sata connectors
160GB Seagate SATA HDD

Also, if I remove the SATA drive and insert my old 20GB IDE PATA HDD, which has Windows XP already installed on it, my new system still will not load it. After post it states - "We apologize for the incoinveince but Windows was unable to load, please boot in safe mode or last known good config etc." And when I select one of these troubleshooting modes the screen quickly fills up with lines and lines of text and then reboots. This has me very confused because I was hoping my problem was just with the SATA drive but it appears the problem could be elsewhere.

Any suggestions??

Thank you in advance for help.

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by CG IT In reply to Windows XP will not load ...

Change the boot order in the BIOS to boot SCSI or if you don't have that option change to boot other. Note: some BIOSs do assign a drive to the SATA RAID array some don't. Check your BIOS boot sequence to see if it assigned a drive like BBS Array. If so set the boot to that drive. if not set to boot SCSI or boot other.

SATA is seen by Windows as a SCSI device [mass storage] not an ATA drive [which is boot HDD-0,1,2,3 depending upon the BIOS].

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by willcomp In reply to Windows XP will not load ...

Firstly, an XP installation from another PC (20 GB drive) will not boot with a different motherboard. That is normal.

Check SATA settings and boot sequence in BIOS. It appears that SATA hard drive is not listed as a boot device. A careful reading of the motherboard manual should help, but SATA settings can be somewhat confusing.

Post back with specific motherboard model and we may can be more specific.

SATA drives will not be listed as SCSI boot devices in current Gigabyte BIOSes.

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to Windows XP will not load ...

I responded but answer has vanished. TR has been having problems with that happening lately. It should re-appear in a few hours.

Dalton

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by JakesComputerRepair In reply to

Ok folks, it's up and running. Thank you all for your help. Turns out that I didn't read the entire mobo manual. Since I was only using 1 SATA HDD in this system I didn't think I needed to set up a RAID Array (didn't even think you could with one drive) however, the SPANNING RAID option does allow you to set it up on 1 drive. After the RAID array is set up, you need to run the XP installation and when prompted to hit F6 for RAID and SCSI devices, HIT IT!!! The RAID drivers (on Floppy created from Mobo CD) will be installed and windows FINALLY loaded. Thanks again folks.

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