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Hard Drive not recognised

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#1 Edcondi


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Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:57 AM

The hard drive I have does not work as it is not recognised. Please help or advise how I could work around this problem.
Many thanks for your kind consideration of my problem.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:05 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

I would take it that your hard drive is a SATA hard drive and when the Windows Xp disk is booted to, you are finding that after loading all of the available drivers from the disk, Windows claims it can not find any hard drives. Is this correct?

Here is a possible solution, this is for SATA hard drives ONLY:

The Windows XP installation disk can not find the SATA hard drive because it requires special SATA drivers to be loaded when the installation or repair mentions this at the bottom of the XP installation screen.

To get around this you have to enter the BIOS setup utility and look for the DRIVES menu.

Expand DRIVES menu and look for SATA OPERATION, select SATA OPERATION, then look in sub-menu for RAID AUTODETECT / ATA, select that and save to CMOS.

If it is set to RAID AUTODETECT / AHCI or RAID ON, the hard drive will not be detected by Windows XP and it will say there is NO hard drive in the system.


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