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Failing install of PCI SATA Drive

SONY VAIO PCV-RZ44G Pentium 4 2.8ghz
My original ATA HDD crashed and I am attempting to install PCI SATA card and 500GB seagate SATA.

PCI card seems to boot but HDD won't recognize. SInce I was able to use DiskWizard to partition the new SATA drive on an old IBM k2 333mhz 6GB with XP installed thot I was golden. But on install attemp in Sony, the Recovery disks say "no drive" and fresh XP Pro install says partitions are not XP compatible, even tho XP install said the same thing when I also made a partition with XP install during an earlier install attempt. Seems like it's a conflict of some kind???? MOBO is apparently Asus P45D VX. Orignial Desk Top came as MCE2004

Any ideas?????

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  • YMii Aug 12, 2008

    Thanks for such a quick answer.

    Have done that and PCI card loads and lists hard drive id in it's bios, it's when I get past that point HD shows up in XP install as "unknown" or "no drive' with recovery disks install attempt.


  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    SUSPECT VIRUS COMPUTER QUIT WORKING NORMALLY WHEN TRIED TO REBOOT WITH SONY INSTALL DISK STILL GOT BLUE SD\CREEN OF DEATH ERROR MESSAGES
    COULD NOT FIX WITHOUT ERASING AND FORMATTING BOTH DISKS. nOW SONY OP SYS DISK WILL NOT RUN OR INSTALL, CAN NOT INTALL WINDOWS OP SYS. DISK EITHER, DRVS NOT RECOGNIZED BY WIN XP INSTALL DISK SCREEN SHOWS FOUR SECTONS ON SCREEN BUT XP DISK SAYS IT CAN NOT INSTAL ON OR RECOGNIZE THE DISK. nOTHING WILL WORK THE DISKS MAY BE CLEAN NOW OF VIRUS BUT NTHIING WILL INSTALL ON THEM.(I DIDUSE OTHER SOFTWRE TO CLEAN DISKS )wHAT CAN I DO? DO I HAVE TO BUY NEW HDD TO INSTALL NEW XP OP SYS? I CAN SEE NO ALTERNATIVE!

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You need to load the SATA Controller driver for the XP install to access the HDD.

The driver will need to be downloaded and extracted to a floppy diskette, then loaded during the XP install.

If your system doesn't have a floppy drive, you'll either need a USB floppy drive or create a slipstreamed XP CD with the driver added to the CD.

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  • IQUIT Aug 12, 2008

    That is exacly the situation I described.

    The drive is seen in BIOS, but is not seen by the XP installation because the driver for the controller is NOT NATIVE to Windows XP. If you watch during the XP install, there is a prompt to press F6 for a controller driver. This was orignally designed for SCSI hard drive controllers, but now is used for SATA controllers or any other HDD controller whose driver is not native to XP

    Many computer manufacturers add controller drivers to their XP CD's (a process known as slipstreaming) to avoid the need for a floppy drive and loading the driver manually. Since you are ADDING a PCI card, then you'll need to load a driver.

    In XP loading a Controller driver is a legacy process. By design this can only be done for a CD NON-NATIVE driver from a floppy diak drive as noted in my last replay.

    In Vista, any data source can be used, but XP it is either the installation CD or a Floppy The files have to be in the root of the floppy, not in a folder). You can even have the drivers on the floppy and have the diskette in A: BEFORE YOU BOOT to the CD. If you do that, XP will look to the flopy without the F6 prompt, making the install a bit easier.


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