Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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timothye

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .
Timo
 

timothye

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HI , i have been tooling aorund the net and found out tht this could be the problem .
But 1 think i am not sure of . while the install (xp) cd is in the drive how am i supposed to pop it out and put in the new sata controller i ahve downloaded and then put back in the install cd and continue , this machine doesnt have a floppy drive .. maybe usb drive ? or must the install be complete for the Usb drivers . im a bit confused on this 1 .
thanks m8 for the help
T
 
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What you can do is slipstream the drivers into a Windows XP CD.

Extract the SATA drivers to a folder on the desktop (or at least somewhere you can find them later...). Then download and install nLite (http://www.nliteos.com/download.html). Run the program, and follow the prompts through, making sure to add the appropriate drivers when asked to.

What this program does is take an image of your current Windows CD, turning it into an ISO file. It then allows you to add files (such as drivers, updates and Service Packs) to the install, so that when you do the new installation, it is fully up-to-date off the bat.

You then burn the image back to CD, and install as normal.
 
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