Re: I am tring to install win XP with sata drive and
Make sure it is listed in your system CMOS before starting the XP install. Make sure cables are correct, and the drives are not turned off in CMOS. Some setup will allow you to set the drive types to AUTO, so you can also try that.
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---------------> Perform a clean install of Windows XP
1)- Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the
Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your
2)- When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
3)- At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4)- Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
5)- Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
6)- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows XP Setup.
Note:- Back up all important information before you perform a clean
installation of Windows XP. Save the backup to an external location,
such as a CD or external hard disk.
try going into the system setup or bios screen and see if you can find a setting for SATA Operation or SATA Mode for the hard drive. if you can find this, select ATA or AHCI and test the installation again. hope this helps.
In order to be detected the hard disk drive by your windows xp installer. You have to set your sata in your cmos or bios setup. When powering your computer tap the F2 key or Del to enter cmos or bios setup, go to integrated peripherals and look for the sata controllers. Most of the times if its configured as a enhanced the windows xp can not detect it. You have to change the settings to compatible mode. Please the modify key either F5 or F6 or PGUP/PGDOWN or + or - . After changing the settings press F10 and press y and enter. Then try again running the windows setup. Have a nice day.
Check in your BIOS,first make sure the SATA controller is set to native mode and not RAID, and secondly that the BIOS can detect the drive, if the drive can't be detected by the BIOS then it's because the drive surpasses the boards drive size limitation.; If this is the case there is a chance a BIOS update may fix it but it's not guaranteed it will.
Here is what you need to do to install XP on your laptop that came with Vista or Win 7.
If your hard drive is SATA (pretty much standard these days) you
will need to search the manufacturer's site for a floppy disk SATA
driver install package.* You will need a USB floppy drive for installing XP. * Copy the SATA drivers (should be denoted as "F6 drivers" or similar) to a blank disk. * Have the USB drive connected. It should automatically map as A:\. * Go into BIOS and find a setting for ACPI Compatible and set on. *
Now install XP normally from the CDROM, and when it says "press F6 to
install third-party drivers", press F6 and follow the options to get the
SATA drivers from the disk. * Complete setup as normal.
You can check the following link for more detailed info.
You have to go to BIOS setup, find HDD setup, and change the value to the other one (there are only two possibilities). That will fix your problem. The problem is caused by the fact that the lap top was designed for vista, not XP. and the lap top contains SATA HDD. when installing XP pre-installation doesn't have SATA drivers, so your OS can not see the HDD. Change it in BIOS, and you trouble is gone
I haven't heard of not being able to delete a partition before. You could go to the manufacturer of the hard drives website and find the software to do a low level format or you could download a linux distribution and use the installer to remove the ESIA partition.
I would need to know the model of hard drive and laptop if you need any further assistance.
Check the SATA/RAID controller setting.
It could have been set to [Disabled]
Refer to your user?s manual for a detailed description on how to enable the onboard SATA/RAID controller by adjusting the jumper or BIOS settings.