Just installed XP on separate hard drive(IDE) from my SATA Vista Drive.
Boots fine into Vista but will not boot from boot drive into XP. Also bought new LCD widescreen and had trouble booting from Vista until I installed driver and set resolution to 1440 X 900. Wonder if this is problem with XP. Would like to install driver on XP but can't get into the OS.
Just bought this computer 2 days ago. HP Pavilion a6600. I can see the hard drive in ''Computer'' and can get my files but would like to have the option of booting in XP.
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Re: Two hard drives Vista and XP not booting
If you would like to start up in the xp ,At computer start up hit F1 or F2 there are so many ways some times its hold the del key ,once your into the BIOS you can change the boot order of your drives to make the drive xp is on load first .You will have to do this everytime or buy a program that will do it for you .I would just leave the power unpluged on one of the drives until you need it that way it will be safe from a virus or if you have a hard drive crash you always have one good drive .Hops this helps.
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SATA HARD DRIVE ? XP INSTALLATION The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on a disk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then, XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows has been installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive. If enabling the SATA in the BIOS does not allow the computer to boot up with SATA hard drive then change the BIOS back to what it was previously.
please load xp again and press f 6 when you see it on the screen to load sata devices . sata softwares and drivers are required in certain computers to load windows so while loading you will be asked to load those drivers through a floppydrive, so u must have 1)sata raid drivers (according to the hard ware installed in hp.)this piece of hard ware will not allow xp to boot if you dont give its drivers through a floppy drive(during installation and setup of windows. so u must now have 1 floppy drive(usb) 2 a floppy disk with sata drivers 3)usb port to attach the usb floppy drive after loading xp you will see xp running trouble free. a easy solution is to load vists and the drivers are already there in vista cd.
Your system thinks the "second" drive has precedence over the first ( your boot drive ) try switching the SATA cables between the two drives. There also might be a BIOS setting under Boot Order, sometimes you have to drill down to get to it for a particular drive.
Accordint to your post yoursys has enabled as sata drive.xp can not indentify sata disk while installing windows. to solve this you have to change ur bois settings. to chnage press f2 while booting system and check for sata option change it to ide and save settings. now you can install xp.
I bought a cheap Compaq laptop that came with Vista Home Premium. The speed was horrendous! Anyway, I received the same no hard drive found error. To solve the problem, I went into the system config (BIOS) by pressing F10 on startup, and turned off SATA hard drive support (its supposed to make the hard drive run faster), I rebooted, inserted my Win XP Pro disc and viola, it detected the hard drive. I would say that the laptop runs a good 40% faster than before. Vista is a big no no when it comes to low end laptops built for word processing and internet browsing.