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Installing Windows XP cannot detect SATA hard drive


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#1 TroubledPC

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:10 PM

System:
SONY VGC-RB62G
Pentium D 945 2.8Ghz
x2 Seagate 120 GB
Not sure of the motherboard

Win Xp Pro SP3
I am not able to install Win XP Pro with a SATA hard drive.
I have tried slipstreaming drivers into teh Xp installation CD with these instructions: http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html
I have the problem of the CD being too big in size.
5GB on a 700MB CD
Not knowing what specific drivers for my motherboard?
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Processors&ProductLine=Desktop&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Pentium%C2%AE+D+Processor

Any suggestions for me?
Am I missing something?

Edited by hamluis, 23 June 2012 - 02:14 PM.
Corrected title - Hamluis.


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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:33 PM

Does the computer have a floppy drive?

Also what version of XP?

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:07 PM

The computer does not have a floppy drive. It is Xp Pro, with service pack 3.
Realized I spelled installing wrong.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:11 PM

Is this your PC?

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-home.pl?mdl=VGCRB62G&LOC=3#/tutorialsTab

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:40 PM

Yes it is. When I try to install windows, I get a no partition found error.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

do you have the recovery media that came with your computer?

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:23 PM

No. Just a copy of windows Xp.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:12 PM

What is the copy of Windows that you are trying to install is it Pre-SP1?

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:18 PM

It's SP3.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:26 PM

Can you go into your BIOS and change the SATA Device Config to Legacy IDE?

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:27 PM

On my computer BIOS, it is greyed out. Don't know how to access it from that point on. How do I make it accessible. To change?

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:34 PM

I would read the user manual or contact Sony and see if they can send you the recovery media.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:36 PM

So there is no other way to install XP now except for recovery media? I'm a bit concerned b/c my PC is over 7 years old now. Debating whether it's time to pull the plug and buy a new PC.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:43 PM

You can install it if you buy a floppy drive and then load the drivers from a floppy

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:47 PM

But I'm not sure of what drivers to download off the Intel Site.I know I have a Pentium D 945 processor and that's it.




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