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xp installation problem

By kalvin_lewis ·
When I try installing windows xp on my newly built computer, everything apparently goes well untill I get to the screen where it says something along the lines of "press enter to carry on the installation process". When I do as instructed (I.E. press enter), a blue screen comes up saying:
"setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program"

And then it says press F3 to quit. My HDD is an 80GB samsung sp0812c with SATA connection. I know that I'm supposed to press F6 and put my RAID installation floppy into the computer but that doesn't seem to achieve anything. Help. Please!

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to xp installation problem

Easy XP doesn't have drivers for SATA HDD's so what you need to do is during the Load stage you are prompted to press F6 to load separate drivers.

There should be a Floppy that came with the M'Board with these drivers failing that they are also on the CD. Just press the F6 key and follow the prompts.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Well in that case it has to be a connection to the SATA drive.

Does the Data Lead go through a right angle in the plug that plugs into the HDD? If it does these do part way pull out and can stop the drive being seen. Similarly if you have one of those Molex to SATA Power Adapters it might not be plugging in correctly to the power plug.

You'll also have to have a look at the M'Board Manual and see if there are any jumpers to disable the SATA controller and importantly if there is a order that the drives have to be plugged into. You may have one of those SATA controllers which requires the drives to be plugged into drive 0 for it to recognize the drive. The SATA is always seen as a SCSI by the Windows Installer so don't be worried about not getting the right message about installing the correct driver.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

If you would like to post the make and model of the M'Board we could probably help you more.

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by kalvin_lewis In reply to xp installation problem

No, I tried that, it doesn't do anything...

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by pierrejamme In reply to xp installation problem

Does your SATA drive show uop in the BIOS?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to xp installation problem

check the boot order in the bios.

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by Maggot In reply to xp installation problem

Perhaps the data on the floppy is corrupted or the disk is bad. Go to the web site for your drive and download the drivers for your drive.

Use a good brand of floppy Memorex, Sony, etc.. Be sure to format the floppy before you put the drivers on it.

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