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XP doesn't recognise drive


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#1 xxenon

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 05:52 PM

I'm trying to re-install XP Home oem (SP3) on a sata drive in a Dell Dimension XPSGen3. The error message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed, etc, stops the installation. Recovery console won't see the drive either.

I've slipstreamed the Intel sata drivers for the ICH6R controller onto the cd, no luck. Tried F6 and installing from a floppy, same thing.

Curiously, if I boot to the hard drive, xp loads and runs, both sata drives are accessible. But when booting from the cd it just doesn't see any drives.

Anyone ??

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 06:01 PM

Do you see the disk as you boot up if not try going into the bios to get it recognized.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:04 PM

Yes, bios recognizes drive and will boot to it, but xp cd (all versions tried) just won't see it. This is the first system I've seen that Recovery Console can't see the drive either.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:17 PM

If it is a used drive, a clean format may let the CD picked it up.

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