Pc won't find Hard drive

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cbechard56

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In Bios pc see's hard drive. When going to install XP it can not find hard drive for some reason. I was able to format the drive no problem. Used Mini XP it found the drive no problem. So I have not a clue why when installing XP PRo it does not find the drive?????????:confused:
 
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More info please....is this a new or old drive? Why are you reinstalling the OS?
 

cbechard56

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This is an old drive I reformatted installing in a Dell Pen4 300MHz 1 GB memory .
Mini widows finds the drive fine. Like I said Bios no problem either. 160GB SATA drive.. Its the only drive in the system..

Thanks.
 

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I've never heard of "Mini XP", but Windows XP often cannot recognize a SATA hard drive. Did Windows XP come pre-installed on this computer? If so, the restore disks should work just fine. If it came with Windows 7 installed, I suggest you verify XP drivers are available for all the hardware before attempting to install XP.

I strongly recommend against downgrading a computer from XP to 7 unless there's a critical need.
 

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This is an old drive I reformatted installing in a Dell Pen4 300MHz 1 GB memory .
Mini widows finds the drive fine. Like I said Bios no problem either. 160GB SATA drive.. Its the only drive in the system..

Thanks.
I think you meant to say it has a Pentium IV 3.00 GHz processor and not 300 MHz.

What's the 7-character service tag number on the sticker?

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flavallee

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According to service tag number 4T01X61, that computer is a Dell Dimension 8400 desktop.
Here is the Dell support site that's specific only to THAT desktop.
You should add and save this site in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can readily refer to it when needed.

That desktop was manufactured in March 2005 and came with Windows XP pre-installed.
It also came with a Seagate 160 GB SATA hard drive.

Here is the list of setup options in the BIOS.
It shows 3 settings for the hard drive controller:
RAID Autodetect/AHCI
RAID Autodetect/ATA
RAID On

Here is a good pictorial guide for formatting the hard drive and doing a clean reinstall of Windows XP Pro.

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cbechard56

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This is all stuff I have been doing a clean install. I already knew about the tag and how to get the drivers and such. I am saying
when you get to choose to install or R to repair. I don't want to repair because its a clean hard drive. I hit return to install XP
it tell me no hard drive can be found in the system. I checked BIOS to make sure it see's hard drive, no problem. So this is where I am now. Any more ideas???
 

flavallee

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Are you using an actual original bootable XP CD?

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cbechard56

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Ok guy's all fixed! I changed the Bios from, RAID Autodetect/AHCI to RAID Autodetect/ATA and all is well again. Guess it did not like the default setting.. Thanks for the help guy's..

Clem
 

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Glad you got it resolved. :) (y)

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