You computer need the oem driver for the sata controller to be installed before windows can be installed. It wont find the drive at all with out the driver. You have to use the factory restore disks or have a usb floppy drive and download the driver and put it on a floppy disk and change the bios to work with the floppy. The easiest way is to use the oem software.
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there can be three reasons why you were unable to finish the xp setup process in your pc
1. first hardware detection failure, could be the hard drive itself that has the problem. Hard disk will of course need thorough formatting if you want to set up an xp os. And partition may be needed to if you want to divide the system from the data files. Faulty hard drive can ruin your set up process.
2. Windows SP cd installer. When this installer is corrupted, there is no way that you can actually setup successfully the windows operating system. If you have used the cd installer twice or utmost thrice then on its fourth it will not work. Files already will be missing on your installer.
3. DVD/CD ROM drive failure. Faulty drive can also affect the installation process. If the optical lens failed to read the disc then it will not install.
Ok, you might want to have a close listen to hear if the drive makes a clicking sound, if so, then the drive is broken. If the drive does not spin up at all, then it is not receiving any power. This can be a result of either a broken circuit board or a broken drive.
If you have opened the hard drive case you quite likely have pooched the drive. This type of work is usually carried out in a proper "clean room" as even very small particles of dust that float around can cause destruction of a hard drive.
That is why they ALL carry a warning about opening them. some even have inert gases instead of air in them as an aid to keeping the inside clean and avoiding airborne corrosion.
Specialists are the only people I know who can dismantle and recover data from the platter but they are not cheap.
You are more than welcome to try yourself but you would need the EXACT control board right down to the revision number to stand even the slightest chance.
The device driver is causing a conflict with the system. If you have got any specific cd with hardrive install the driver from the cd. Otherwise , i would suggest try changing he manufacturer of the hdd and get a new one. If you have recently bought it.
Otherwise try creating a new account in windows vista on your computer and then try plugging in the drive