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Help! Xp doesnt detect Harddisk but Linux does

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by xpsolutions?, Jun 28, 2009.

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  1. xpsolutions?

    xpsolutions? Thread Starter

    Oct 11, 2005
    have a laptop installed with Linux and working fine. Now on trying to install Win Xp, just before formatting on installation of XP, it shows the message Harddisk not detected. This is a Sata harddisk. Please advise what to do in order to install XP on it.
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    The problem is the drive being a SATA and not an EIDE.

    The XP CD doesn't have support for SATA drives.

    That's one reason why people with newer computers with a SATA drive and Vista who try to downgrade to XP have a problem doing it.


    I've never done it, so I can't give you the steps for doing it.

    You need to obtain the SATA drivers and slipstream them into the XP CD, or you need to copy the SATA drivers to a floppy disk to use in a floppy drive - if your computer has one.

  3. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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