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Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Q: Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Hi i m of SATA onto Drive Problems Windows recognized. XP SATA Installation not HD. new to this site but very familiar with technology i built this machine myself im currently running off my old HD but i want to reinstall windows onto my new SATA hardrive GB this one is an IDE The BIOS and Nvidia Raid config recognize the drive but the Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized. windows installation does not I was reading this thread on this site that i foudn from google http forums techguy org hardware -bios-windows-do-not-recognize html because he has the same MB as myself but different hard drives I am currently in the process of trying what he did but i do not have a floppy drive I only have a CD drive and a GB floppy drive i m going to try these routes first for the configuartion software but if not im going to see if i can find one laying around IF i cant find one and the CD flash drive don t work is there another way to try the methods described in the previous web link Hard Drives are Western Digital Caviar nbsp

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A: Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Most newerBIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( Verbage will vary by manufacturer )
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A:installation problems with SATA drive

The Serial ATA controller is not automatically recognized during Windows 2000/XP installation. You will have to install drivers for the SATA controller to be able to install Windows 2000/XP onto a SATA drive. If you do not install the SATA controller drivers, Windows will not recognize the SATA drive.

The drivers for your SATA controller need to be available on a floppy disk otherwise you won't be able to install them during the operating system installation process. Should you only have a CD, copy the driver files onto a floppy before attempting to install Windows 2000/XP. If you do not know how to copy the drivers to a floppy you may go out to the manufacturer's website and download the driver onto a floppy.

During Windows setup, you will be prompted to press F6 to "install additional controller drivers", at this point insert the floppy diskette with the SATA controller drivers and follow the onscreen instructions.
After the drivers have been installed you can continue with the Windows installation.

You also mentioned that you weren't able to boot from cd when the SATA drive was installed. Look in your BIOS make sure cd-rom is 1st Boot Drive.
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during the installation process of win xp (or 2kpro, cause i tried it, too), after the setup files have been loaded, and the screen changes to the option to install xp or repair on lod installation, i press enter to install, and i am told there is no hard drive, then the entire computer just shuts down! the sata drive is recognized during POST, so i am confused. the mobo came with a cdrom that has drivers, etc on it, but with no OS, i can't run it. this very same process has occured about twenty times, with me trying to find something in BIOS to tweak to get it to run.

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A:SATA Drive not recognized by windows during install

There is an option to load other drivers by pressing F6, you may need to consult the MB manual to get the drivers off the CD that came with it and put them on a floppy disk.
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If this isn't possible, can I plug the hdd's into the raid sata's and not use the raid functionality?

Thanks for your help, I look forward to replies!

A:[SOLVED] Sata vs Raid Sata? DVDRom not recognized

No the raid sata port need a raid driver and won't work with optical drives, you would be able to use the non-boot hard drive on it however and put the DVD drive on the standard sata port. Unless you already have the hard drives in a raid config.
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A:Windows Installation on SATA drive

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Thanks for your cooperation.
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A:Windows 7 installation fails/sata 2 drive

See if this helps.
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A:Windows 7 installation cannot read SATA III Drive

Try using the Intel drivers from here:
Intel Sata Controller Drivers

SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup
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.............. installing windows xp

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... and starts from scratch all over again, except that there is a windows install there, 'cos it tells me so, and warns me about installling another OS.
It just doesnt appear to go to the next part of the installation - I'm just stuck in a loop.

I've tried it with and without doing the F6, and using the floppy with the mobo RAID drivers on, no difference.

Any advice gratefully received

Oh I've got:
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A:windows xp - sata hard drive - installation probs

After the f6, do you get any indication the drivers are installed? When you reboot, does the bios give you a message to the effect of no serial storage device installed?
You can also try hitting f6 much earlier in the install, don't wait for the prompt. Tap f6 as soon as it starts booting from the cd, until you get a slightly different installing mass storage drivers screen, and when you get to the normal screen, it will show them as already installed. When you reboot, the bios should give no message about mass storage. The Abit board may not give you the same message, it was on an Aopen board I saw that problem.
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A:Windows XP installation stability problems with SATA RAID H.D.

This driver ( Asus A7N8X Deluxe Silicon Image Serial ATA RAID driver version V1.0.0.281) seems more recent then the one available on the ASUS website. It might be worth a try.

PS. Welcome to TechSpot. Hope you enjoy your stay.:wave:
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A:Sata drive not recognized

XP doesn't have any SATA drivers.

Installing XP on a SATA drive
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A:usb sata drive not recognized by xp

Are you sure you unplugged the right usb cable because it should not have come up with that error.
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A:SATA Drive Not Recognized

You CAN NOT use a SATA drive and an IDE drive on the same channel.
Move the SATA HD to the other controller
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A:SATA hard drive not recognized

What computer/mobo model?
SATA drives don't use a Master/Slave designation. They are connected to channels (0,1, etc.). I can't quite imagine what cable you found that has two SATA connectors.
Make sure the relevant channels are enabled in the BIOS.
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A:new SATA optical drive not recognized

uninstall both rom-drives in device manager reboot and windows should reinstall both drives if the sata drivers are installed.
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A:WD SATA drive not recognized - even with jumper fix


Is the BIOS configured to run the drive as IDE? If it's not, and you don't have a SATA controller installed, then BIOS will be looking for the drive for a long, long time
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A:SATA hard drive not recognized

The problem is likely a driver issue. Windows XP comes with few SATA/RAID controller drivers so it doesn't recognize hard drives connected to SATA connectors on most motherboards. One way around it is to go into the BIOS and change the controller mode to IDE. If you can do that, Windows setup should continue as if you installed an IDE drive.
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A:Sata hdd w/ ide to sata bridge not being recognized

This Western Digital 400 needs to be formatted. Use the Western Digital install program to set up the new drive... You may have to temporarily install the drive into your computer to do the formatting
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A:SATA drive not recognized but formats and installs XP

Try the following.

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A:[Vista 32-bit Install] SATA Drive Not Recognized

It should be seen like any other hard drive, don't know of ny drivers for a ssd.

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A:SATA hard drive form XP is not recognized by Win 7

Hi Ariel and welcome to SevenForums,

please post a snapshot of your disk managment output.


Run disk management:
WIN is the key with the wavy flag.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT Spacebar key combo | X key
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.

Make a snapshot:
Click the New button.
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save button

Post the snapshot:
Screenshot - How to post

This site might be able to help:
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A:[SOLVED] SATA hard drive not recognized after F6 during XP Pro install

You want to set the SATA to work as IDE . . not RAID, unless you have a RAID array. . . and you want the SATA drivers, not RAID drivers.

If you set the SATA controller to work as IDE you do not need the drivers on the floppy
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A:Potential SATA Hard Drive Failure, Spins up but not recognized

welcome to Seven forums.
It would seem the drive has failed. If you have another PC available try attaching it directly to its motherboard to see if it can be read. If not you can try a program called SpinRite by Steve Gibson, but it costs $80.
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A:Catch 22 - Stuck in Safe mode and Sata Drive not recognized

Hello ,

we are not allowed to help with password s but i can tell you this

shut your system down & unplud it

open your case

look at the motherboard and see if you can find the jumpers to reset the bios / if you can not find them / then just remove the litheum battery from the motherboard for 3 to 5minutes

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Use Disk Management to do so: Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management. Your new (empty) drive will show up there.

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A:[resolved]SATA Drive Not Recognized, Can't Enter Recovery Console to repair


A couple of places to start:

> If you have any IDE hard drives hooked up, then disconnect them to get it going.

> Enter the BIOS setup menu and set everything back to default settings and try it.

> Make sure your drive detection in the Bios setup menu is set to AUTO

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Post back with questions/concerns.
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<<I have all the updates installed, "I think".>>

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Hello and Welcome to TSF

Your system is not reconizing a SATA drive. When you first place the cd in the drive and it starts installing you will see an option at the bottom to click F6, click it and install your sata drivers.
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A:Fresh installation of Win7 onto new SATA drive

If you have no Data on the new Sata HD, do a clean install with one HD pluged in to Sata 1.

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Originally Posted by Ex_Brit

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You have to partition hard drives before they show up in My Computer.

See Disk Management.
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I think I would scan for viruses, trojans, etc.
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A:Sata problems with IDE drive

Quote: Originally Posted by moults


I have recently upgraded to Windows 7 and installed onto a Sata 250g drive which runs with no problems. However i also have 2 x IDE drives i use as storage and as soon as i connect them and reboot the system just hangs for hours.

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You might have to re-format it for NTFS as the MAC uses a different file system, something might have been put on and change the structure of the HDD to work with the MAC OS. You should move files over the network from WIN OS to MAC OS instead and it's safer to do it that way..
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Hi there I have a major problem and would appreciate some help Firstly my computer spec Gigabyte GPA-UD H AMD Phenom X gig corsair ram ATI Original windows bit bought through student offer I orignally built my system using X Sata cant HD see Major problems, drive Seagate Barracuda gig Major Sata drive problems, cant see HD hard drives Before I installed windows i set the motherboard as Major Sata drive problems, cant see HD per the book to raid using both drives as a single drive I had a few issues with the install to those drives but in the end i did get it to work I cant remember how though As far as i know it did see the drives Then my motherboard gave up the ghost i didnt want to lose the data on my raid so i got another motherboard the same model I thought to be safe i would get an old drive and install windows to that first I set the motherboard settings the same as before and it installed i do recall i had to load drivers from the boot disc The hard drive is an old Maxtor diamond max sata gig Next i plugged in the gig drives in raid luckily the computer saw them an i was able to extract my photos to a nas that i have Now one of the gig drives has a broken socket on the back and i thought this would be a good opportunity to get rid of it I decided to keep the other drive I formatted it through right clicking on the drive in my computer The plan was to get rid of the old gig drive as it does make a little noise now and then and use the remaining gig drive as the boot drive later building up a seperate raid mirror in addition to the boot drive So i remove the old drive and plug in the single gig drive The install wont see it i have tried diffferent ports and cables I have tried loading all the drivers off the motherboard disc i even plugged both gig hard drives back in and it briefly saw them but then lost it again I have tried removing the cmos battery when i went to the gym I have also tried boot order and different sata settings in bios Now if i take the gig drive out and plug in the boot drive it fires straight up i can plug the gig in and the computer sees it and is able to use it During start up the before installation the computer registers each drive and shows them as being there What ever i do the windows install does not see the drives let alone let me install to them Any help is greatly appreciated

A:Major Sata drive problems, cant see HD

In the BIOS ... advanced > peripheral config > secondary sata controller > enabled?