Question about Toshiba Portege M400-S4032 Notebook
I was given a Portege M400 to wipe clean and put on a new OS. Usally this is a piece of cake. Well this one is not. when i go to put a clean copy of an OS it says that there is is no drive installed in the machine. Now when I use Vista it shows a drive by the letter of X, and it is unaccessable. It also says there is is no drive and/or the drivers for the drive need to be installed. Locating the drivers seems impossible. Is there a back door way to change the drive letter? Or?
If im not mistaken, you need a RAID driver for this model. I don't recall, but does this thing have a floppy drive built in? Or do you happen to have an external? You might be able to use the cdrom to complete this, never tried this way, in the event you dont have a floppy drive.
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Download the RAID driver relevant to the OS your going to install. Let's say for XP. After downloading, extract the files in the archive. You will find a folder named Drivers. The files in that folder, need to go on a floppy disk. If you dont have a floppy disk, you may need to make a trip to your local computer store and pick up a USB Floppy drive.
Insert the XP install cd. When the screen turns blue you'll see an instruction to load a third party driver at the bottom of the screen. It says to hit F6. So once the screen turns blue, tap the F6 a few times.... XP will eventually ask you for a driver disk, at this point, you insert the floppy disk into the floppy drive. And hit S in order to specify additional devices.
The rest is pretty easy from there. You should be able to continue on and install windows.
The reason it doesn't see the drive, is because Windows does not recognize the Raid controller that the drive is connected too. Thus, you need to load the driver for it from the F6 funtion during the OS setup. Have questions, let me know.
Posted on Oct 24, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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