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Hi i formatted my sata hard drive and now my laptop will not reconignize it is there any thing i cando about this sata raid control drivers or something? gateway modle# MX8715

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  • mmooney22 Dec 06, 2008

    formatted in ntfs with another computer put it back in laptop and motherboard will not recognize the sata hd gateway said that they do not want you to install xp on there machines only vista its the main hd and its original and no i could not install os on it it said cannot find harddrive

  • mmooney22 Dec 06, 2008

    tatoo the hd to motherboard someone told me that but how do you fix the problem? how to tatoo hd to motherboard

    thanks...

  • Betty Wood
    Betty Wood May 11, 2010

    Is this a second hard drive or the main one? Did you install a OS back on the disk after you formatted it.

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It is almost impossible to downgrade from Vista to XP unless you have the Business or Ultimate version of Vista.
From what I understand the first thing you should have done is If the system has SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive, locate the driver for SATA controller and put it in USB flash drive, diskette or CD first.
When you put the Win XP disk in to install and you get to the part that says "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver"…” during the very initial stage of setup to load the SATA driver so that the SATA hard disk can be recognized. Install XP.
Let me know if this works for you....

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Hi whaT FORMAT DID YOU DO, FAT FAT 32 NT
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  • andy kissan Dec 06, 2008

    Hi again do you have an
    external connection for the hard drive or a different machine to check if this
    is the case.



     


    Years ago they used to
    tattoo a machine which meant you can only change 1-2 items e.g. (hard drive
    motherboards mem) which would not be recognized due to no tattoo on new equipment



     


    Then you need to tattoo all the new equipment, can you
    install the old hard drive then try to (will your laptop boot from usb ) if you
    can get it to recognized the hard drive from the usb will may be able to sort
    the other out later


     


     


    Cheers



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