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    XP Pro install says no hard drive

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    by ebrown1927 ·

    This may belong in PC troubleshooting support. I had XP Pro on this hard drive. It became corrupted. Using the Western Digital tools I first used their DataLifeguard tool to format and place a partition on the hard drive. I have put all 0000’s on the hard drive. Their diagnostic disk says the Hard Drive is good. It works in other computers. But when I try to put XP Pro clean install back on the disk I get the message that it cannot find a hard drive. I believe this may be a mbr problem but really have no idea what is causing this to happen. I have set the bios to the following boot order:
    1. floppy disk
    2. cd drive
    3. hard drive
    This computer has 512mb of RAM
    gigahz 1.5gig
    the hard drive is a 200 gig hd
    set to hd 0 in the bios.

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    • #3214352

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      by cmiller5400 ·

      In reply to XP Pro install says no hard drive

      Is this a SATA HDD? If so you will need to download SATA drivers from your mb mfror have a floppy/cd with them on it.

      • #3214086

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        by ebrown1927 ·

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      • #2951082

        How to Bypass XP no hard disk found error

        by techrepublic ·

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        I had the same problem with a laptop I got. Bad hard disk. put in a new hard disk did not want vista but XP disk said no hard drive found even though bios saw it.

        I changed SATA enhanced mode to disabled for Legacy support. Worked a treat XP installed no problem.

        I imagine I could probably put it back once XP is installed for better performance. It should only be needed for the installation.

    • #3214348

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      by ebrown1927 ·

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      ata not sata. EIDE in other words

      • #2951080

        EIDE not sata

        by techrepublic ·

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        its likely the same thing a matter of supporting the drive. See if your bios has a legacy mode for the hard disk.

        ALSO some older machines can not use the new larger hard disks. in this case your limited to 65gb BUT ONLY for the first partition. Make your first partition smaller than 65gb (also if you use a BACKUP partition make sure both the primary and backup partition are under 65gb TOTAL)

        once your in windows you can format the REST of the hard drive space anyway you want. Its just the bios choking on it.

        I have 10 year old machines with 250gb hard drives this way works great.

    • #3214310

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      by jordanspcrepair ·

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      when windows installation starts up and displays “setup is inspecting your hardware” press F6 immediately and load the drivers for your hard drive. this is due to EIDE, SCSI, and SATA hard drives controller need drivers for windows to install.

      • #3214087

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        by ebrown1927 ·

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        I do not understand how to load the drivers to a hard drive that is hidden from the installation. I must be missing something here. Where would I install them?

        • #2951076

          Hidden Hard Disk

          by techrepublic ·

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          its not hidden. its inaccessable. Loading the driver does not load it to the hard disk. it loads it resident into MEMORY (ie ram) so that the installation is then ABLE to see the previously inaccessible hard disk.

          Imagine your unlocking your door and you have the wrong key. as you reaching for the knob you hit PAUSE to time and space. you turn around and say hey you got the key for this door. I say sure here you go and I put the key in your hand.

          you hit resume to time and space and now you have the key to open the door.

          this is what your doing with the F6 to load the drivers. your ENABLING the xp install to “see” the hard disk properly.

          Again though you should be able to enable a LEGACY mode in bios for the hard disk (unless its SCSI then you really do need the disk) to enable access to the drive.

    • #3214271

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      by zlitocook ·

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      If it is not a SATA drive, it will have a regular ribbon cable not a single wire with a small connector. XP may not like the partition you made, boot to a Win98 floppy and do an FDISK, delete all partitions and boot to the XP CD. If the CDrom and the hard drive are on the same cable try putting them on their own cable.

      • #3214083

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        by ebrown1927 ·

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        I have done this several times. Does not help. I am going to try now to install wk2 on this drive and see if it will install. Any further ideas will be tried.
        Thanks for your in put.

    • #3214231

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      by jim_p ·

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      Have you tried booting off a Win98 boot disk, and see if Fdisk can see the drive?
      If the drive is ATA (IDE) you shouldn’t have to load any extra drivers, providing the hard drive isn’t connected to a RAID IDE channel or a PCI IDE Raid Card.
      If Windows 98 Fdisk sees the drive, create a FAT32 partition for the whole drive size, then boot up into your Windows XP install, hopefully XP will see the hard drive, then use the Windows XP Disk Partition Manager screen to delete the partition and create a new one.
      Let us know how you go.

      Kind Regards,
      Jim

      • #3214084

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        by ebrown1927 ·

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        I tried this and yes Win98 Fdisk sees the drive and partions it. but XP will still not install. Neither pro nor home editions of XP will install. I am trying now to see if perhaps W2k will install.

    • #3213023

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      by jordanspcrepair ·

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      sorry about how i explained that. if you don’t have to drivers for your hard drive already on disk, then go on internet and find your hard drive and download the drivers. put the drivers on a floppy disk,and when the windows installation says “Setup is now inspecting your hardware”, insert the floppy disk and press F6 immediately and you might continue to press it until it ask for you to pick the driver for the hard drive. then windows will load and install the drivers, it will ask you if you want to choose additional drivers, and just choose not to. then windows will then come to the main installation menu. and you can do the installation.

    • #3212748

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      by ebrown1927 ·

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      I want to thank everyone for working with me on this problem. I had already tried most everything that was suggested and that is why I came to this group.

      I may have found something but I do not know what it means. I cleaned the disk once again and tried to install Windows 2000 Pro. You know what, everything just went the way it was supposed to go and I have a beautiful install of W2k Pro. Why was that so easy and XP Pro and XP Home will not install? There must be an easy answer but I can not see it right now. Any advice??

    • #3212731

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      by skruis ·

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      There’s a limitation with Windows XP pre SP1 with HDD’s larger than 137GB. It also applies to pre SP3 Windows 2000 installs. If you were able to install 2000 Pro, then this may not apply to you but just in case, this article on the Western Digital site might help you.

      http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=928&p_sid=pj8Jfcei&p_lva=936&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD04NjcmcF9wcm9kcz0mcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3BhZ2U9MQ%2A%2A&p_li=#

      • #3215263

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        by ebrown1927 ·

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        Thanks for that input but I have read everything on Western Digital and Seagate too for that matter. And when I used WD tools they limited the partition to 137 GB. And if I ever get XP installed I think I can remove that limitation, but I really don’t care about that yet as I need a place to store data and I can use the other partition as a storage place for data. XP was once on a disk just like this and it was replaced by WD when I could not get XP back on it. I do not like to make these ratings unacceptable but I only mean Thanks but your input did not solve the problem. Instead of Unacceptable it should just say “did not help me” for all the replies are certainly welcome.
        Ed

        • #2951074

          137gb limit

          by techrepublic ·

          In reply to Reply To: XP Pro install says no hard drive

          this limit is a BIOS limit now a windows limit.

          all you need to do is make your PRIMARY partition less than 137gb (possibly 65gb) once your in windows you can goto control panel computer management and from here you can partition and format the REST Of the space on that hard drive without a problem.

          You will just appear to have multiple hard drives. (partitions)

    • #3215173

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      by dumphrey ·

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      I had a similar problem with a hitaci HD in an older Gateway. I replaced the ram..flashed the bios..no good. Finally I used GDISK to format the MBR several times, the used it to repair the MBR, and then wrote 1010 to the drive three times. Seems excessive, but it worked in the long run. If bios can see the disk, but windows cannot access it, usually thats a corrupt MBR. You should not need to load drivers at Install for an EIDE drive.

    • #2609772

      Check the hard driver jumpers

      by tkman28 ·

      In reply to XP Pro install says no hard drive

      I had a problem that sounds like this.
      I surfed the web and tried all kinds of things.
      I tried new cables, the hard drive in a different machine as a slave, I ran disk tests, I reinstalled twice, I checked for viruses, tested the power supply, fixmbr …etc.
      I submitted a question to the Western Digital folks to see if they had an answer. Nothing.
      I was about to buy a new hard drive but decided to talk to the tech guy first.

      Thanks to my local PC store tech guy he suggested I check the jumpers on the drive.

      I have always set the Jumpers to Master when there is only one drive in the system.

      With Western Digital this causes weird failure.
      I totally removed the jumper and the system started beautifully. I then set the jumper to cable select and had the drive attached to the last connector and this worked beautifully as well.

      Thus before trying all the other stuff look at the hard drive and the pins beside the data cable. There should be some indication as to what pins are for Master, slave, and cable select. Either remove all jumpers or go with cable select.

      Hope this works for you.

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