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Hard Drive Not Recognized

I finally completed assembling the PC, started it up and I was able to update the BIOS settings, rebooted and here comes another issue. When I tried to install XP, it does not recognize the hard drive. I decided to use an old hard drive from another PC with Windows XP Home complete with updates installed on it and my newly built computer does not recognize the hard drive. Before I can do this with my other systems, I just have to reformat the hard drive and I was able to install a fresh copy of Windows. Any suggestion?

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  • Sonny Hibo Mar 11, 2009

    It is an IDE hard drive with a Windows XP Home in it.

  • Sonny Hibo Mar 11, 2009

    It says in the manual that I have to install a driver for the "ITE 8211F controller" before installing the operating system. I connected the hard disk to the "PRI_PCIIDE 1 (black)" and the optical drive to the "PRI_IDE1 (blue)" for better performance. How will I install the driver for the conroller before installing XP? Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Sonny Hibo Mar 12, 2009

    My PC is up and running. I installed a new Seagate 250 GB SATA hard drive which I bought for $ 30.00. I really want to thank you for all the support you've given me. More power to "FixYa."

  • RSBennett
    RSBennett May 11, 2010

    Is this an IDE hard drive or SATA hard drive?

    If it is an SATA drive, you will need to load drivers via floppy disk during the Windows XP install.

    Let me know if I can help.


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It is rare that an IDE drive will not be detected during Windows XP setup. Try the following steps:
1) Verify that all connections are solid. The IDE cable is secured at the drive as well as the motherboard. The power supply is connected to the drive.
2) Enter the BIOS setup and verify if the drive is recognized there. If not, there is a connection problem.
3) If you are using any type of RAID, even if the drive is simply connected to a RAID controller, you will have to load those RAID drivers via floppy during the install process in order for your drive to be detected by the Windows installer.

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    RSBennett Mar 11, 2009

    This is one of the downfalls of installing Windows XP. For any SATA drives or RAID configurations, you have to install drivers during the installation and you can only do this via floppy disk. Here's the process:

    1) Make sure you have a floppy drive for the PC. Either you've already got one installed, or you can harvest one from another PC, or you can use a USB floppy drive.
    2) Obtain the drivers that you need. Hopefully, they came on a disc with the motherboard. If not, go to the MB manufacturer's website and download there.
    3) when you find the drivers, you will find a folder with a few files, including one named txtsetup.oem. This set of files are what you need to put on the floppy disk.
    4) Start the Windows XP installation from the CD - without the floppy disk in the computer. As soon as the installation starts, it instructs you to press F6 if you have additional drivers. Press F6 and insert the floppy disk.
    5) After a few minutes, a screen will come up instructing you to insert a floppy with the drivers. Follow the onscreen instructions to load the drivers.
    6) Continue the Windows XP installation process.

    Hope this helps.


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    RSBennett Mar 12, 2009

    Glad to hear everything worked out! Please let me know if I can ever help again.

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Make sure all wire connections are completely pushed in. try going in to the BIOS and see if it reconized it

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Set The Jumper Setting On Your Hard Disk Drive

The hard disk drive will be detected as 32 GB if the jumper is set to the 32 GB clip pin setting. The common jumper settings for Samsung hard disk drives are listed below. Please check the label on your hard disk drive for the correct jumper setting.

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Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable with a hard disk drive Set as Master, jumper one hard disk drive to Set as Master, and the other to Set as Slave.
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