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Can't reinstall windows - error message: can't find hard drive. Please Help.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chillin250, Sep 19, 2006.

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  1. chillin250

    chillin250 Thread Starter

    Sep 19, 2006
    I'm trying to reinstall windows. When the cd is booted and windows starts I get an error that it cant find my hard drive. I'm using a SATA hard drive, and I'm assuming its a problem with my BIOS settings but I'm not sure what to change. I know my hard drive is working because the current version of windows I have on it loads fine and I can access my files. I've also ran chkdsk /f to fix any problems. I would really appreciate any advice.

  2. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    You probably need a sata driver for Xp cd to see the hard drive. When you first start setup you will see "press F6 to insert driver"...driver should be on floppy disk and probably came with motherboard or is downloadable from motherboard mfgr site.
  3. Mulderator


    Feb 20, 1999
    What MOBO is it? I know on my ASUS, you need to either load a driver as was suggested in the last post or you need to change a BIOS to setting to "emulate IDE" or "emulate PATA" or something like that--check your MOBO manual regarding BIOS configuration of drives.
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