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#1 DreadTech

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 03:45 PM

Hello i'm having issues what a laptop i have a running Vista. So i tried downgrading to XP but after i boot with the Startup disk i get a message that setup couldn't find any disks. So i did some research on the issue and it turns out that data has to wiped out first. So i wiped the drive clean using Active Kill disk. I wiped the drive clean and i get the same issue.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 03:56 PM

Hi,

What are your system specs? :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 03:58 PM

What is this "startup disk"? Is it a Microsoft XP CD...or recovery/restore disks supplied by the manufacturer of the system...or something else?

System manufacturer and model?

What's the origin of it? If it came with that system and relied on a hidden partition for key files for restore/recovery....it probably won't do you much good.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 04:08 PM

It's a Dell Inspiron 1525. It's a Microsoft XP CD SP 1. It's not a system recovery disk.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 04:39 PM

Is this a SATA hard drive?

There is nothing on the hard drive...no partitions?

Is the drive properly reflected in the BIOS?

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:25 PM

I have run into this issue before when istalling XP on SATA drives.
Unfortunately, Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, made the SATA drivers that are needed to install from floppy disk. WHich most systems do not have any more

THis is what I did to fix this issue
Went to bios-->system configuration-->SATA Native Support-->changed enabled to DISABLED

Try that
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:29 AM

But wait, Eyesee, I have not one but two Sata drives and I've installed SP2 on both of them with zero problems... no BIOS nonsense.

And I'm just a comment bomber. Not some alt account of dreadtech. :thumbsup:

Edited by Shadow Bird, 18 August 2010 - 06:30 AM.


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Posted 18 August 2010 - 08:47 AM

Thanks for all the help i had to go into the BIOS and go into the SATA section and changed the setting from AHI to ATA.




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