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I have a Toshiba Satalite X205-SLI1 - Original OS Vista. I want to load Windows XP Pro but when I try to do a new install I get a message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

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If you haven't any mistakes with the connection, you're going to do a deep research. Your only solution will be from the Bios Settings. This issue is very common for Laptop users; it'll take time but I'll try my best to assist you step by step. I will also suggest you to make print out if you're gonna do it on the same computer you are using right now. Please be patient while I am preparing the tips for you so that you can understand better. Thanks.

Posted on Jun 07, 2010

  • dmartinez043 Jun 07, 2010

    So let's move forward -- what do we need to do to get this system up and running -

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    Lebanon Raingam Jun 07, 2010

    This problem
    happens when you have SATA hard drive and you have RAID/SATA mode configured in
    BIOS. There are 2 ways of fixing this problem.

    First method
    is to change the SATA Mode to IDE in BIOS. Enter the Bios Settings, go to “Integrated
    Peripherals > SATA Devices Configuration > SATA Mode
    [RAID] and change to [IDE] A picture is inserted for better understanding;

    (If you are able to change the as instructed above, just save the settings and restart the installation process.)

    If you’re unable to change RAID mode to IDE or disable SATA in
    BIOS, then you need to download SATA RAID drivers from here (please download the first file from the lists), extract the drivers to a floppy disk and then insert
    the floppy to your computer during Windows XP installation (you can also use Cd
    instead of Floppy but on most systems, cd will not support
    for this/will not be detected by the bios).
    Now, insert the Windows
    XP CD and boot it up. You should see a message that says “Press any key to boot
    from CD…” Simply hit any key and it’ll start to boot from CD. Pay attention to
    the next blue colored windows setup screen. When you see a message that says
    Press F6 if you need
    to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver…
    at the bottom bar, immediately hit F6 key.

    After loading some files, you will come to a screen that says like...
    "Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter. Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices(s):
    < none >" ..... and so on.........
    To enter floppy/cd with SATA drivers and press S.
    It will present a list of drivers which it copied from the disk earlier. Select
    the appropriate driver and continue the Windows XP installation. The setup will
    continue and this time it will recognize the SATA hard disk drive in your PC.



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