I am trying to load XP on this machine....Get's to the spot where it says .....Windows does not detect any hard drive..It says it is IDE...Shouldn't need sata drivers....Must be something easy?????
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the Windows installation CD cannot detect the hard drive to install
Windows then the hard disk could be faulty or it may only need
reseating. First - remove the hard drive and connect it back into the laptop. 2nd - Boot up the laptop and go into the BIOS configuration and check if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If the hard drive is detected then proceed with the Windows installation. If the hard drive is not detected in the BIOS then most likely the hard drive is faulty. In this case you need to replace the hard drive before you can install Windows.
If you are trying to install Windows XP in latest Notebook, it will not be able to detect the Hard Drive since all the latest Notebooks are shipped with SATA Hard Drives and by default and Windows XP will not be able to detect SATA Hard Drives by default.
If you are having a Intel based Notebook, you need to download the SATA Drivers from the link below :
Find the instructions to create a bootable XP Disk using the SATA Drivers from the link below :