XP Install doesnt see hard drive


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Baz100

Hi,
My PC is a few years old and runs an Abit KV7 Mobo, 80Gb hard drive and XP
Home. Last year I increased the storage by adding a samsung HD501LJ SATA Hard
Disc, no problem with this and I have used the new drive to store my video
stuff.
I now want to remove the old 80Gb drive so I backed up files etc and took
the drive out of the PC and put my XP Home CD into the cd drive to install XP
onto the SATA drive but for some reason the install programme reports "No
hard drives found"
I have checked the bios for on chip sata enabled and checked wires and
connections and as the drive worked fine with the OS on the old IDE Drive I'm
baffled, Any ideas? have I missed something obvious,
Thanks, Baz.
 
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R. McCarty

XP's installer has no native/built-in drivers to handle SATA mode AHCI.
(Advanced Host Controller Interface). To install XP you'll need to change
the BIOS setup mode of the SATA controller to "Legacy". Alternately
you can download and supply the drivers at install time, but that requires
a Floppy disk or slipstreamed XP disk.
 
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Thee Chicago Wolf (MVP)

My PC is a few years old and runs an Abit KV7 Mobo, 80Gb hard drive and XP
Home. Last year I increased the storage by adding a samsung HD501LJ SATA Hard
Disc, no problem with this and I have used the new drive to store my video
stuff.
I now want to remove the old 80Gb drive so I backed up files etc and took
the drive out of the PC and put my XP Home CD into the cd drive to install XP
onto the SATA drive but for some reason the install programme reports "No
hard drives found"
I have checked the bios for on chip sata enabled and checked wires and
connections and as the drive worked fine with the OS on the old IDE Drive I'm
baffled, Any ideas? have I missed something obvious,
Thanks, Baz.

XP does not see SATA drives by default, you'll have to load your SATA
driver during the install process where it asks for 3rd party drivers,
it's right in the beginning.

- Thee Chicago Wolf (MVP)
 
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Lil' Dave

Baz100 said:
Hi,
My PC is a few years old and runs an Abit KV7 Mobo, 80Gb hard drive and XP
Home. Last year I increased the storage by adding a samsung HD501LJ SATA
Hard
Disc, no problem with this and I have used the new drive to store my video
stuff.
I now want to remove the old 80Gb drive so I backed up files etc and took
the drive out of the PC and put my XP Home CD into the cd drive to install
XP
onto the SATA drive but for some reason the install programme reports "No
hard drives found"
I have checked the bios for on chip sata enabled and checked wires and
connections and as the drive worked fine with the OS on the old IDE Drive
I'm
baffled, Any ideas? have I missed something obvious,
Thanks, Baz.

Aside from SATA drivers routine, there's another possibility.

My PC, like yours, if I have an ide drive present and boot XP from it, can
see the 2 SATA hard drives okay. I can use it like that if there's nothing
on ide2. If I physcially remove the ide drive, and have the SATAs enabled
auto in bios settings, they remap to ide1 as master/slave. Works fine like
that.
If I disable ide1 controller, they still remap to ide1, but can't be seen
at boot time. PC just sits there after presenting found hardware, blinking
cursor at bottom of screen..
If I manually set the 2 SATA drives to use SATA controller in the bios
settings, with ide 1 disabled, the PC presents no error message whatsoever
as part of bios handover. Just sits there after presenting the found
hardware screen with blinking cursor at bottom.
In the last 2 cases, even the current version Seagate tools (these are
Seagate drives) cannot find either SATA hard drive while booting off its
boot CD.
I've come to the conclusion that these can only be used in SATA mode if
there's nothing on ide2, and only for storage. Not bootable.
--
Dave

CDOs are how we got here.
A modified version, new taxes in the future, is how Congress will get us
out?
 
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Andy

Hi,
My PC is a few years old and runs an Abit KV7 Mobo, 80Gb hard drive and XP
Home. Last year I increased the storage by adding a samsung HD501LJ SATA Hard
Disc, no problem with this and I have used the new drive to store my video
stuff.
I now want to remove the old 80Gb drive so I backed up files etc and took
the drive out of the PC and put my XP Home CD into the cd drive to install XP
onto the SATA drive but for some reason the install programme reports "No
hard drives found"
I have checked the bios for on chip sata enabled and checked wires and
connections and as the drive worked fine with the OS on the old IDE Drive I'm
baffled, Any ideas? have I missed something obvious,
Thanks, Baz.

The KV7 uses the Via VT8237 chip, which requires a driver in order for
Windows setup to see its SATA port.
 
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Heather in California

[I am joining this thread, but I have another post going about the same
problem.]

Where in the BIOS do I change this setting? My SATA II is configured as
"RAID", but I don't know what that means or how it differs from "AHCI".

To make a long story short: when I tried to restore from my Gateway-provided
Windows XP Media Center Edition restore CD, my hard drive cannot be found.
All diagnostics on the hardware check out (no bad sectors, connections are
good, etc.). I have burned drivers to CD for my specific Intel processor and
Western Digital hard drive in bootable and non-bootable format to try to get
them in, but there is no option during the recovery to add drivers. The
recovery appears to be running fine (I hear the hard drive going and the
process does not report any errors), but when I go to reboot I get the blue
screen and error code.

Any additional details regarding your suggestion of modifying the BIOS would
be greatly appreciated.
 
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