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Re: cant install xp on my maxtor SATA 6V160E0 UDMA6
*If you have access to another computer with a cd burner*
One way is to download the universal boot cd, boot a linux rescue disk image from it and use fdisk to remove all partitions. This way the disk will be seen by windows setup again.
This is a silly bug in windows setup i've discovered a long time ago. When it does not understand the partitions on a disc it just hangs during the setup screen.
Download the iso image from http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html then burn the iso image to a blank cd. Put it in your dead machine's cd drive and boot from it. Then choose one of the linux boot options.
When linux is up and running type fdisk ENTER Then press p and a list of partitions comes up
Press d (delete) and then the number you see after /dev/hda etc.
Do this for every partition you see listed or just for the first if there is data on the second/third/etc..
Press w (write) q (quit) and reboot with the windows cd in place.
p.s. This does irreversably remove partitions and data on the disk!
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If you are installing Windows XP then - The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on a disk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then, XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows has been installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
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 too had a similar problem with my laptop. My laptop had a virus
attack and somehow I managed to remove all the viruses. However there
was one persistent problem which was while booting, My documents used
to open automatically. Hence I wanted to repair the Windows XP SP2 and
so I went to BIOS and changed the settings to boot from CDROM. While
booting the installation CD from CDROM, suddenly I get a message: Hard
disk not found! This was nightmare. Then I got this solution:
My laptop was new and the HDD was connected to motherboard with
SATA, and we need SATA drivers before installing OS. In the likely
event of not getting this driver, we could still solve this problem by
confusing the computer. Go to BIOS settings and change the SATA to IDE
or any other. Then restart the computer. The HDD now can be seen and
you can repair or reinstall the Windows XP SP2.
I experienced that many many times, installed xp on vista based laptop is not a problem at all...
I think it;s just an XP cd's, and it may absolutely contain virus...you can try another booting CD, or disabling antivirus at the bios first.
Try with another fresh XP disc. Check your Bios if it shows hard disc. If bios show the HDD than its problem with your installation CD. If bios does not show HDD than check your HDD power and IDE cable. Replace IDE cable to diognose. If this does not solve, replace HDD.
It used to happen like this during the new installation.
goto BIOS setup and check that the HDD is correctely detected. check the size it reported. If its correct, give one more try. else the HDD firmware is corrupted and can be repaired.
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.
Hi, at the boot up go into your bios
[ on MSI press the delte key continuosly] and turn OFF the onboard virus protection. This can block all O/S from loading as they need to write to the bios in the installation process.
Ensure you turn it back on after installation, it is there to stop hackers getting into your bios and wrecking your system.