new solitary hard drive in sony vaio

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padmala

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i acquired aSony Vaio VGC RA830G,so it is 5 or so years old.It had no hard drive so i got a 500GB Western Digital intending to just run this as a basic computer .I ran the xp pro startup and got the message that the hard drive wasn't evident and to press F3.I made sure the connections were secure,tried switching the different cables of which there were a few but no luck. Does anyone have any insight to my problem? Thanks for any info.
 

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is it a sata drive you have - windows XP will not recognise the drive and will need to have the sata drivers loaded to be able to load XP

how are you loading XP ?

whats shown in the sony bios/setup for the drive ?
 

padmala

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hi,thanks for responding. Iloaded the sata drivers via the diskette but got the message 'textsetup.sif is missing' So i guess into the bios and get it to recognize HD as IDE Native? Then try and install the sata drivers. BUT do i go to bios part,scroll down to the drives and do what?? I'm totally blank on this procedure and cant find any info,so i'd appreciate any help here.thanks
 
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Look in BIOS and see if you can find something like "IDE" or "Compatibility" mode. That basically means that the BIOS makes the drive look like an IDE to XP setup so you can install it. No SATA drivers are needed if you have that mode.
 
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