HDD not detected in BIOS

April 8, 2009 at 15:23:39
Specs: Windows XP
I have an 80 Gig Western Digital SATA HDD running from an ASUS A7N8X-E. The guy I got it from had a pirated copy of WINXP, in my attempt to install a registered copy I formatted the HDD in the RAID utillity. Now my PC fails to recognize the HDD in BIOS. I went so far as to plug it into my laptop (Through a <a onMouseOver="javascript:window.status='usb connector';return true;" onMouseOut="javascript:window.status='';return true;" href="http://canadasrv.info/?v=3%2E03&ss=usb+connector">USB connector from an SATA external HDD) in properties for that drive it reads 0 bytes free, 0 bytes used. Is there some way to get it working again? I appreciate any guidance you can give. Thank You!

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April 8, 2009 at 15:28:23
You need to install the SATA controller drivers when prompted at the beginning of the WinXP installation. You need to have a floppy drive to do that.

If you don't have a floppy you can slipstream the drivers into your WinXP CD files using any number of utilities.

nLiteOS is one of the easiest to use. The SATA drivers are available on the motherboard CD or on the motherboard site.

Google for nLiteOS. There are many tutorial sites and sites for download.

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April 12, 2009 at 03:09:30
I created the WINXP boot disc using nLite slipstreaming the drivers but when I try to boot the disc nothing happens. Also when I put in the original WINXP disc it does not allow me to install a third party SCSI or drivers at acts as though there is no F6 key. it then continues to give me the error : 1146224785 line 1773 in d:/xpsprtm/base/boot/setup/arcdisp.c. Did I do something wrong? please help.

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April 12, 2009 at 05:15:10
Even if you made the CD correctly you still must hit any key to boot from the CD when you see that message on the screen. If you don't see that message then your CD was burned wrong. If you get no response from your keyboard when you attempt to hit any key then see the solution below.

Sounds like you have TWO different problems. First of all, I don't know what you mean by "I created the WINXP boot disc using nLite slipstreaming the drivers". Your original CD was already bootable. All you needed to do was to add the SATA drivers and burn the disk.

What burning program did you use?

Second issue sounds like you are using a USB keyboard and Legusy USB devices is not enabled in the BIOS. This is a catch 22 situation. You need to change a BIOS setting but you can't get into the BIOS because of that setting.

The solution is to connect a PS/2 keyboard directly to the purple PS/2 port on the computer.

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April 12, 2009 at 05:40:38
How about trying to boot from a live linux cd. Linux has all drivers with it. Then u may able to install windows xp. Also look whether the harddisk is connected to the motherboard and check the supply and data lines.

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