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check the cable
make sure the hd is getting power
try another sata connection by swapping the cable from dvd device
make sure you set the drive select some drives require it
do not use cable select
make sure the battery back up has 3 volts
you could try shorting out the bios to reset the motherboard - there should be a jumper on the board, turn power off, the jumper or connect the two pin so the short out, than turn on machine, just for few seconds and turn off, remove the jumper.
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before or when booting the system push F10 to access bois
setup all devices, dvd, video card, if that dont work you can try F1 or F2 when you start the system
when you exit the bios make sure to save it i think F10 save and reboot. so save new changes and device ID.
Device Manager from Control Panel and check there are no yellow exclamation
marks on any drivers. If there are then you need a new driver.
You need to goto the manufacturers website, find
their support section and there should be a list of drivers for your specific
machine. Installing these should resolve your problem. I have a list of links
to most manufacturers drivers on my website. Hope this helps, www.PuterCare.com
Windows XP does -not- have native SATA support and therefore will not recognize a SATA drive without first installing 3rd party drivers. To go around this problem without installing drivers check your BIOS. There might be something in there where the bios will emulate an IDE controller.
If not, you'll need a floppy and the sata drivers. A flash drive will also do if the motherboard bios supports legacy USB. To find the drivers, simply go to the motherboards manufacturers website.