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setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by silverseed71, Jun 9, 2012.

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  1. silverseed71

    silverseed71 Thread Starter

    Jan 18, 2010
    I bought a used laptop and the guy I bought it from told me he formatted the HD to get rid of his stuff. I was fine with that. Now, when I put my XP Pro in to install I get that message when I click to install the disk (on the screen where it asks to install, repair, or exit). I have had this before. I went to BIOS and I could not find a place to change the HD type. I plugged the HD into my desktop external enclosure and it assigned to J: and I was able to see it. It was in FAT32 format and I changed it to NTFS just to see, but it is giving the same error.
  2. leroys1000

    leroys1000 Banned

    Aug 15, 2007
    If it is a sata hard drive,you probably need to
    press F6 when prompted and then load sata drivers
    from a floppy disk when prompted.
    You should be able to get the drivers from the manufacturers website.
    If the computer doesn't have a floppy drive,you might do a websearch on
    slipstreaming drivers into xp and make a new install disk.
  3. rosiesdad


    Jul 13, 2010
    If its a Dell, I think there is a setting you can use in BIOS for the H.D.

    "Well with these newer Dells you have the option to go in to the BIOS and change in what mode the SATA controller operates. You should see options for ATA mode / AHCI mode and RAID mode. By selecting the ATA mode you can use the drivers already supplied by default on the Windows XP CD, once you get it installed you can use the Windows Device Manager to update the drivers to the AHCI ones. Below are the detailed instructions on how to install the AHCI driver once you have Windows installed by changing the SATA controller to ATA mode."

    Fish around using this info, I think either that or you need to slipstream the sata drivers.
  4. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    You should make sure that drivers for the hardware exist. If XP is too old, you will have problems since laptops use a lot of proprietary drivers.

    Installing XP on a SATA drive
    Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy
    Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

    "Many newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the BIOS and check the 'Sata Operation' setting, change it to 'Raid Autodetect/ATA' if it is not already. Now try to install XP (Verbiage will vary by manufacturer)" - Courtesy of simpswr.

    BIOS settings to try:
  5. silverseed71

    silverseed71 Thread Starter

    Jan 18, 2010
    It's a Toshiba. I think I am going to get my money back. It doesn't want to cut on sometimes.
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