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XP Repair Install & Finding the Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by daveb3312, Aug 13, 2005.

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  1. daveb3312

    daveb3312 Thread Starter

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    I need to do an XP repair install on my Dell Dimension 8400 to fix several programs that no longer work (Update being the biggest problem). I had used this Forum a couple of months ago and doing the repair install was the recommended solution. I have a copy of the michaelstevenstech.com directions so I know what to do.

    Unfortunately, when I try to launch the "to setup Windows XP, press enter" step, the program comes back with an error message saying the hard drive is not found.

    Can someone help me do something to get through this step?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Blitze105

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    Does your computer boot up at all?
    -blitze
     
  3. daveb3312

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    Yes. It boots fine.
     
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    Yup. (just wanted to make sure he could boot at all first...)
    -blitze

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    am i the only one that thinks SATA drives are.. well annoying?
     
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    The intent is to do a repair install - not a reinstall. As I understand it, these are two different things. The Dell directions for reinstall would essentially wipe all my data and other programs. Leaving me with a massive backup/reinstall of my other stuff.
     
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    I agree . . wonder when M/S will intergrate them into the XP installation discs?
     
  8. Blitze105

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    Maybe longhorn?
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    Could be . . when I have some time, I am going to try to slipstream the SATA drivers into a XP disc to see if it works . .
     
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    Re: Sata drivers. How do I get these and then how do I use them during a repair install?
     
  11. Old Rich

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    Click on the SATA drivers link in my note
     
  12. daveb3312

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    I'm sorry I'm so dense.

    Is the repair install different than a reinstall?

    Which SATA driver link do you refer to ? The link above takes me to a reinstall procedure.
     
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    I already have the michaelstevenstech.com guide. My problem occurs after step 2 where the CD does not recognize that a hard drive exists. How do I get the Sata drivers (if that's what you think I need) and how do I use them in the repair install process?
     
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    If you're data is safely on alturnative media i.e. floopy, CD/DVD, *tape, etc. I suggest just doing a "clean install." I tried that with Win9x OS and it was never worth it. Just make sure you have a service pack or two on a disk to cut down on on downloading and install time.
     
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