Windows XP SP2 will not boot after installing new SATA hard drive
I have a computer running Windows XP SP2. I recently put a brand new SATA hard drive into the computer. The system booted up fine, initially when the drive was not formatted. After formatting the drive into two partitions, the drive worked fine. However, when the system was restarted after formatting, after the windows logo with the moving bar is seen, the screen goes black, and then nothing happens. I have tried just waiting, for up to half an hour, but no change was observed. Safe mode doesn't work either. If the new hard drive is removed, the problem disappears. The operating system is also installed on a SATA drive. When the drive is placed into an external enclosure, it works perfectly and the system boots normally.
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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.
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I too had a similar problem with my laptop. My laptop had a virus
attack and somehow I managed to remove all the viruses. However there
was one persistent problem which was while booting, My documents used
to open automatically. Hence I wanted to repair the Windows XP SP2 and
so I went to BIOS and changed the settings to boot from CDROM. While
booting the installation CD from CDROM, suddenly I get a message: Hard
disk not found! This was nightmare. Then I got this solution:
My laptop was new and the HDD was connected to motherboard with
SATA, and we need SATA drivers before installing OS. In the likely
event of not getting this driver, we could still solve this problem by
confusing the computer. Go to BIOS settings and change the SATA to IDE
or any other. Then restart the computer. The HDD now can be seen and
you can repair or reinstall the Windows XP SP2.
To install Windows XP on SATA or advanced IDE hard drive, you will need to insert a driver diskette at the time of starting the installation process and pressing "F6". For more details visit the link below:
Install the XP Pro first, install the necessary drivers etc. Then after that load the other disk for windows XP Home install it choose the drive to install the OS, install the necessary drivers etc. you will see two operating system while going to boot section of the computer.
You may need to try installing windows xp. I had a gateway that had a brand new hard drive and wouldn't take 98, but installed xp flawlessly. Look at the computer and see if it says designed for Windows XP
I had this problem on a computer recently. This particular motherboard may be needing the driver on the Windows XP SP2 disk. Your motherboard may have been made to use Microsoft SATA drivers. Othewise, there would have been a driver disk that came with the motherboard to let it see that SATA hard drive. If it's a new hard drive, you have to reinstall the O/S so use a disk new enough to have SP2 included.
Installing Windows XP on a SATA hard drive is not a straight-forward task as Windows XP does not recognize the SATA drive. In order to install operating systems such as Windows XP on SATA drives, the latest SATA drivers are required.Download SATA drivers for the motherboard from the website and integrate them with the XP installation CD using software such as nLite. SATA drivers can also be installed as third party drivers; you will be prompted during the installation process. Without proper SATA drivers, installing Windows XP on a SATA hard drive is not possible as SATA mode would have to be disabled in the BIOS to continue with the installation.
Installing Windows XP on a Serial ATA hard drive is not an easy task, because the system does not recognize SATA drivers at startup. Windows XP Pro SP2 fares a little better with SATA drivers, but here is what can be done in cases where the driver is not recognized.
Sounds like you need your manufacturer's SATA drivers.
This problem exists a lot when installing Windows from scratch on SATA hard disks. When you start the installation, Windows prompts you to "load additional drivers". It's at this point you put a floppy disk with the SATA drivers in.
If your install is already working, but just stopped as you say... then you could hunt around the BIOS for a SATA "compatibility" mode, which will get you booting straight away. Install the SATA drivers and you can then put the drive back into normal operation instead of compatibility mode.
This is also the reason why your other hard disk with Windows can see the SATA disk and optical drive... it probably has the SATA drivers installed.
When installing SP2 version, you possibly corrupted the drivers for the DVD. It is possible there are different drivers for the DVD between XP and XP (sp2). Go to the laptop mfg website and download the newest drivers for the DVD.