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Fresh XP install wont see my hardrive - help!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Solnyshko, Oct 27, 2007.

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  1. Solnyshko

    Solnyshko Thread Starter

    Oct 27, 2007
    Have installed new hard drive, a 500GB Samsung Spinpoint, slipped in my XP disk - and windows setup says this:

    Windows XP Professional Setup

    Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in 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.

    Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3

    Could it be that Windows Setup is not seeing the HDD because it is SATA, may need specific drivers or similar? Vaguely remember this happening the last time i installed the OS on this system, but this was years ago. It appears in the Bios on bootup, so the machine itself is counts it as present.

    Running an AMD Athlon™ XP 2800+ on a DFI Lanparty NFII Ultra B motherboard, with 1GB of RAM

    Any help much appreciated - completely stumped :(
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Check BIOS setup first to be sure that there is nothing there disabling SATA or to choose a boot device. Chances are you need to load a driver at the F6 prompt.
  3. midnight51

    midnight51 Banned

    Oct 21, 2007
    Did you remove your old system drive that already contained an OS to put the 500gb drive in or did you slave the 500gb drive and I'm not sure? You may need to upgrade the firmware of your motherboard to support a drive of that size.
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