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Samsung sata hard disk detection problem while windows setup

I m trying to install (genuine) windows sp2 on my samsung sata hard disk but while setup hard disk is not detected by setup .what is the problem .if it needs driver to detect then where i will get that drivers i mean on which site i can get them . pls help me .

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  • Anonymous May 17, 2008

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  • on9666 Aug 15, 2008

    I got the same problem with you too.but I have another problem is my mother board does not support raid.
    windows setup do nothing (didn't run)after the bios booted,the bios agent told no hdd has been detected,if so,how could I install when bios can't detect my samsung hdd?

  • on9666 Aug 15, 2008

    I got the same problem with you too.but I have another problem is my mother board does not support raid.

    windows setup do nothing (didn't run)after the bios booted,the bios
    agent told no hdd has been detected,if so,how could I install when bios
    can't detect my samsung hdd?

  • iykon Dec 06, 2008

    I can't install windows xp on my laptop and i'm suspecting that the hard drive is not compartible with windows XP installation because the harddrive is SATA and i know that Windows xp can not install on SATA without having the appropriate drivers. My hard drive model is Samsung HM121HI.Please i need help. 


  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I have a similar problem...
    Bios see's the SATA, Windows see's the SATA, but Windows XP Setup doesn't. I have Windows installed on an old 20 GB IDE drive(drive C).
    I've added a 160 GB drive(SATA) to my machine(drive E). I now want to remove the old one and install Windows XP on the new one..................
    Any suggestions would be greatfully appreciated.


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Check your BIOS. There's a setting there to change the Drive controller which allows the SATA drive to be recognized. I believe when I did it I had to change the RAID setting (even though I wasn't using RAID).

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Hi, Typically, Windows XP installer does not provide full support for SATA HDs (drives) nor for all kinds of SATA Controllers (on the motherboard or add-on card). However, Windows XP installer provided a way out by prompting the user to press F6 and load the necessary drivers in the FDD. The diskette containing the drivers may either come from: manufacturer of motherboard; manufacturer of controller; or manufacturer of HD. If none was provided nor available, then perhaps you can DIY (do-it-yourself). More often than not, it is inside the MB installer/driver CD in D:\Drivers\SATA or something like that and copy to a floppy diskette. Alternately, you can download from the manufacturer's website, decompress and copy to FD. When the Windows XP installation CD puts out the message "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver", press "F6" as instructed. Thereafter, press "S" to specify additional device on the next pop up screen. Insert the driver floppy disk in and press enter to continue. If the floppy disk is made successfully, the installation program will ask for selecting driver. Please then select "Motherboard chipset (VIA, Intel etc Serial ATA RAID Controller(Windows XP)".) After the SATA driver loaded, Windows XP will now recognize the SATA HDD, proceed and continue to install Windows XP. If you do not have a FDD, one of your option is to DIY a slipstream WinXP installer CD. This is better explained in this article . Hope this be of some idea/help. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need fur4ther information. Good luck and kind regards.

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