XP Pro installation on SATA 120GB hard drive HELP


M

Mark

I have a Gateway MX6920 laptop that has a Western Digital SATA/150 120GB
hard drive and would like to install Windows XP Professional SP2 (Retail
version) on it; I know I need all the drivers for the laptop, that is not an
issue (at least at this point). The laptop comes with Windows XP MCE 2005
SP2 on it and I need XP Professional installed. The problem is during the
XP Pro setup will not recognize the SATA hard drive, shows that no hard
drive is found. I need to get XP Pro installed on my laptop and would like
to know if the XP SP2 Setup has a problem detected SATA hard drives.

Do I need to get a SATA driver from Western Digital and press F6 during the
text mode setup portion to install the driver for the XP Pro Setup to see
the hard drive? If yes, I already searched for a driver and could not find
one.

I'm an experienced technical person, but I never installed XP Pro to a
computer that had a SATA hard drive. I'm currently working on my MCP
certification and next is my MCSA (70-290 and 70-291).

Thank you.
 
Ad

Advertisements

A

AZGLI

Mark,
You need a driver for the serial ATA controller on your notebook. I
would assume that this would be available from Gateway or from the
manufacturer of the controller card. Put the driver file on a disk and
do the F6 option. You might have to get a USB floppy unless you have
one, since I have heard that WinXP won't look anywhere but the A drive
for the driver files.

Good luck.
 
M

Mark

Under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers in Device Manager it shows:

Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF
Intel 8280 1GBM SATA AHCI Controller

I searched for the driver via Google and found nothing so far. I could not
find the driver files on the CD/DVDs included becuase all th files are in a
binary format to restoring the system. There is no driver CD available that
has the raw driver files on it. The Recovery CD for Drivers are in some
binary format for the System Recovery procedure to read.

If anyone has the URL to download this driver, please post it. I would
greatly appreciate it.

Thanks.
 
P

Pop`

Mark said:
I found the URL to download these drivers buried in Gateway's web
site.

?? If you have XP SP2 & Hot Fixes you don't need any specific drivers. I
just installed a SATA II drive night before last; everythign went thru
smoothly. Did you check your BIOS settings? If they're not detecting the
drive, it'll never be functional. If it's in the BIOS settings, it should
be in your My Computer too.

Pop`
 
R

Rock

Mark said:
Under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers in Device Manager it shows:

Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF
Intel 8280 1GBM SATA AHCI Controller

I searched for the driver via Google and found nothing so far. I could not
find the driver files on the CD/DVDs included becuase all th files are in a
binary format to restoring the system. There is no driver CD available that
has the raw driver files on it. The Recovery CD for Drivers are in some
binary format for the System Recovery procedure to read.

If anyone has the URL to download this driver, please post it. I would
greatly appreciate it.

Thanks.

<snip>

Contact Gateway for the driver. Check their website.
 
Ad

Advertisements

R

Rock

Ad

Advertisements

B

Barry Watzman

Yes, it's possible, but it's not easy and instructions are way beyond
the scope of anything I can post here. Also, depending on what you want
to do, you may require the Windows XP OEM pre-installation kit, which
isn't easy to get (try E-Bay) and which is complex to use. But with
that kit, you can make up a CD that has anything you want all
slipstreamed into one single CD (or DVD .... space becomes a problem
quickly if you start throwing in Office with Windows, and then a bunch
of non Microsoft applications and drivers (and yes, you can do that)).

Do some research on the OEM Preinstallation Kit.
 
Ad

Advertisements


Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top