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Hi everyone,

I have a pc that I'm doing a major overhaul on. I've installed a new SATA WD drive, cpu, cpu fan, RAM & mobo. Everything is going fine so far except that the XP installation is not recognizing the HDD. I found this support info about it:

http://tinyurl.com/yx639y

The problem is I don't have a computer in the house that has a floppy drive!! Are there any workarounds to this? Like installing a regular IDE drive as master and the SATA as slave? What then?

Thanks tons!!

cheryl
 

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I'm not too experienced with sata and installation but I do know this:
Some PC's need a dedicated SATA driver to be installed when XP says 'Press F8 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver' It might not be F8. Then you need to insert the floppy disk with it on.

Or you could do as I do. I have a 18gb IDE system drive, and have the 250gb SATA as storage for msuic and pictures. That needs no extra drivers.
 

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Yep... it's F6 but the problem is that it will only look at a floppy drive for the driver. I don't have any floppy drives in any computers!! At least none that are handy at all...
 

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treehstn said:
Yep... it's F6 but the problem is that it will only look at a floppy drive for the driver. I don't have any floppy drives in any computers!! At least none that are handy at all...
Have you tried to download a controller from the HDD manufacturer's website to install?
 

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treehstn said:
Yep... it's F6 but the problem is that it will only look at a floppy drive for the driver. I don't have any floppy drives in any computers!! At least none that are handy at all...
You have two choices;
1 Buy a floppy drive [they are cheap so it is not a big deal]
2 Make a custom install CD for xp with the sata drive integrated. This will not need a floppy to load the driver; the driver is part of the install. I use nlite to make these CDs, however there are many apps that will do it for you.
 

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Here are the new components I've upgraded to:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116215
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231036
http://westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=133&language=en
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835185114
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=12&l3=45&model=407&modelmenu=1

I drug out an old pc and was able to replace enough parts to get it working with a floppy drive. Then I downloaded what I think was the correct WD program to get the new machine to recognize the drive. I made the floppy disk and booted to it in the new pc. It recognized the program and ran it. When it was finished it said that it recognized the drive, it had been partitioned to a 137GB drive and had been formatted and was ready for an operating system. It said to put in the OS cd and reboot to load it. When I did I got the same error message trying to load XP.

Here is the program I downloaded:

http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=3&swid=23
 

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You are going about this incorrectly. You do not download any file from WD. The driver you need would be downloaded from either the maker of your motherboard [if onboard controller] OR the maker of the controller card [if it is a pci type controller]
What you have now is a drive setup by the WD lifeguard utility; it does you no good.
Start over and download the driver from whoever made the controller ie motherboard maker or controller maker. The driver is loaded during xp setup via the F6 prompt.

BTW I would either delete ALL partitions on the disk or zero fill the drive before installing xp. The WD utility may have installed a bios overlay; not what you want at all.
 

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In BIOS setup Main menu can you set the onboard SATA Chip mode to IDE? On my Gigabyte board I did not need to install the SATA drivers when it was set to this mode. I read through the Manual for your Mobo and it didnt give a clue as to the settings available for the SATA Controller. I may have missed something though.
 

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I'm doing the happy dance!!! I read the mobo manual (not very helpful) and decided to guess at which driver to use. The choices were IDE or RAID. I picked the raid driver and made a diskette with the utility. When I tried to use the diskette at the point in the XP install where you push F6 it worked!!!! I was able to get the OS installed!

By googling I found that there seems to be an issue with this board not working with the F6 diskette and people having to make XP cds with the correct drivers loaded on the cd manually. I'm glad I didn't have to get that involved in it! The drivers were on the mobo cd but at the F6 point in the XP install you can't use anything but a floppy drive. How long ago was it that the industry started moving away from floppy drives on new machines? Seems like MS needs to get with the program!!! PUN intended!

Thank you everyone for all your help. As usual, this forum is THE BEST!!!
 

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crjdriver said:
Glad you were able to get it to work.
BTW vista will load scsi drivers from floppy, CD, usb flash drive, etc :)
If only there were drivers available. :D
 

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JohnWill said:
If only there were drivers available. :D
Yeah for almost anything...I cannot wait to see the calls from people trying to install printers and scanners when they bring home their new Vista Pc's. Or better yet soundcards and wireless adapters!!! Vista is even worse than Linux.
 

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John the RTM version did not need any driver to "See" my raid array. An earlier version did need a driver, however I used the xp / win2k driver and that worked fine.

I just wish happauge would release apps that worked with vista. Vista came with drivers for my capture card, however the winTV and schedule apps will not work :(
 

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I must admit, Vista RTM recognized my nVidia nForce4 chipset totally, as well as the nVidia graphics board. It even recognized the previously installed ATI board, but there's a bug in the drivers, so I had to replace it.

I have yet to install a lot of stuff on the Vista machine, that's coming... :D
 
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