Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

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dw1256

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Hi,

I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?

Thanks.
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Macboatmaster

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It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers


so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive


OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem
Nlite

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/part2.html

OR you can TRY try this


  1. Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility

  1. Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
  2. I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS


  • On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)

  1. Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
  2. Save & Exit
  3. Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
  4. If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
  5. When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS
 

dw1256

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"Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility"

I went into BIOS and made this change. That did the trick.

Thank you.
 
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