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I want to install Windows XP SP2 on my toshiba A205 - s5855. But the installation is unable to detect the HDD and reports that there is on Hard Disk Drive. Further I would like to know where I can get the inf files and the device drivers for the same laptop.

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OK ...this is happening cause of a feature called ahci enabled in bios for the sata HDD ..this have to be disabled in order to be able to find the hard disk without the AHCI driver installed like a 3rd party (To do that just go to bios by pressing F2 on start immediately after first screen lights up ...and in Bios ..go to advanced..or sthe second or the 3rd option ...and in there look for the sector where th rdrives are detected..the HDD and teh cd drive there you will find when you choose the HDD the AHCI function ..and you have to disable it ...than press F10 to save the changes..and it will work ..
the drivers you need are available on the support site ..

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Testimonial: "Chipset information and drivers, the audio drivers, the display drivers etc. are unavailable. Please direct me to where I can find them. "

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    Thanks a lot. The site has a few drivers. But the most important utility, namely the chipset information and drivers, the audio drivers, the display drivers etc. are unavailable there. These drivers for the Windows XP(SP2) OS are, as you surely know, a must for the laptop to work properly. I would be grateful if you can direct me to where I can find them.
    Thanks again.

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According to the Toshiba specification, this model laptop has a 160Gb SATA hard drive and because the Windows XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver included, it does not detect any hard disk.
To install Windows XP on a SATA hard drive please click on this link and follow my instructions :-

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Welcome to Fixya
Dear User,
Try after Reboot or Turn off computer[Please do this Process few times]
Still same Check your Hard Drive Properly Detected through Entering Bios Settings.If not Dissemble Your Device and Check its Properly connected -Fix it carefully.
Here is the Driver for you Click here....
Hope you got it....Thanks for contacting FixYa

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