Install the Window to IDE Hard Disk

May 28, 2009 at 03:11:43
Specs: Windows XP
I brought a new PC with new ASUS motherboard and Intel CPU. Basically I have connected my 2 existing SATA Hard Disk at C: and D: respectivly. The Window XP already installed at Drive C:, Also, I have 2 more IDE Hard Disk on hand. I would like to re-install the Window OS and want to install at my existing IDE Hard Disk, both IDE Hard Disk have been connected and were found inside " My Computer ". But Once I perform the re-installation at Window Installation Screen. Those IDE Hard Disk deons't appear in the list. So, how is the setting in the BIOS or other place which I can go ahead to perform this action ?.....Thanks

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#1
May 28, 2009 at 04:07:04
first thing to do is to watch the POST screens at start up to verify ALL your drives are being properly identified by both the model and the FULL capacity.

If that is happening then after you are in WinXP go to Disk Management and see if your IDE drives show up there.


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#2
May 28, 2009 at 04:39:39
Thanks for you help and prompt reply. Firstly. My IDE Hard Disk are well connected to the motherboard. When I was start up my Windows, The IDE Hard Disk Devices were found inside " My Computer " and were found inside the " Disk Management". Also, I had already perform the formatting to those existing IDE Hard Disk. But when I re-start my PC, the screen post doesn't show up the IDE Hard Disk, and when I gone through the BIOS inside. the IDE Hard Disk also doesn't appear inside the BIOS. So, what can I do can fix this problem ?....Thanks again for your help and prompt reply.

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#3
May 28, 2009 at 04:49:44
Where exactly are you looking for the listings? In the drive configuration section? If so, it is common for the line there to say nothing more than Auto.

If you are looking for the drives in order to place one of them in the boot order then you need to look further back in the BIOS screens. Due to the sheer number of possible boot devices the page with the boot order just lists HD.

You need to dig deeper to find the area where you can select WHICH hard drive will be the first boot device.


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#4
May 28, 2009 at 06:43:44
Hi Thanks again, for the IDE Hard Disk Devices, that were found that inside > Control Panel/Performance and Maintenance/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management; Also, were found the 2 Hard Disks inside " My Computer". But When I was enter the BIOS mode, even I was checking the " BOOT Device Priority " or " Storage Configuration ", also never show up the IDE Hard Disks. Am I missing any setting or config ? Kindly for your help. Thanks

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#5
May 28, 2009 at 07:11:32
Well, BIOS options vary from brand to brand and are al customized by the motherboard maker. Because of that I can't be more specific about where you would find the settings.

Let me assure of this though, if the BIOS was not configuring those drives they would NOT show up in Windows at all.

If there some reason you need to access the settings in the BIOS?


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#6
May 28, 2009 at 07:23:15
Thanks again, actually I have not intended to access the BIOS haveing any setting, but I just wonder why my exisitng IDE Hard Disk were found when the Windows was started up and I can't find any IDE Hard Disk Device when I would like to re-install the Windows inside the Windows set up screens. This is the reasons that I would like to find out the problem where it had. By the way, I have tried to unplug those SATA Hard Disk, and retain the IDE Hard Disk in the motherboard before, when the Window set up screen was started, it's appear that the " Window doesn't find any Hard Disk in this moment ". That's make me confuse. How can I check this or How can I make those IDE devices were found in the BIOS or even in the Windows Set up screen ? Thanks again

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#7
May 28, 2009 at 07:31:50
"I would like to re-install the Window OS and want to install at my existing IDE Hard Disk"
if you are intending to have 1 install of xp, in other words you are not trying to dual boot 2 installs, I would suggest, disconnecting all other drives, then see if the setup finds, the only 1 left to find.

larry


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#8
May 28, 2009 at 07:42:20
Now I am confused. If WinXP is installed to one ofthe SATA drives and you disconnect that drive how would you expect to boot into Windows?

Just because a hard drive is connected and configured by the BIOS does not make it boot able. Generally speaking, you need an operating system installed on a hard drive before you can boot directly to that hard drive.

If you can see the IDE drives when you ARE in WinXP then you can install programs or store data on them now. You don't need an operating system installed on each hard drive.

If you have WinXP installed and running on one of your SATA hard drives then why do you want to change to one of the IDE drives? There is no advantage and possibly a disadvantage to that setup.

Post the model number of your Asus motherboard.


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#9
May 28, 2009 at 07:43:19
Thanks, basically my current Windows were installed in the SATA Hard Disk, I would like to change it that the Window installed in the IDE Hard Disk. And I have tried to disconnect the Hard Disk which already installed the Windows platform, the IDE Hard Disk is retain in the connection, but the Windows cannot find any Hard Disk. Thanks

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#10
May 28, 2009 at 07:45:25
My motherboard Model number : ASUS P5QL-E, Thanks

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#11
May 28, 2009 at 07:55:06
Yes, I understand the procedure that I need the Hard Disk which already installed the Windows platform that it can boot it up. But my problem is, now I was using the new purchased SATA 250GB hard Disk and installed the Window, because I would like to change it that using my OLD IDE 80GB Hard Disk only specific for the Windows running and fully for the Window, also, I don't want to create any partition to my new SATA Hard Disk, that I can use my new SATA Hard Disk be my removable device. That's is my reasons why I want to change and want to re-install the Windows OS to my OLD IDE Hard Disk. If this can be slove, I will fully format the new SATA Hard Disk be my removable device. Thank you for all your help and understand my concerns. Thanks again

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#12
May 28, 2009 at 07:58:52
Refer to chapter 4 of your motherboard manual.

4.3.5 SATA 1-6

That listing and the ones following it explain in detail how to configure ALL your hard drives.

I ask you again why you think you should install WinXP to an IDE hard drive?


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#13
May 28, 2009 at 08:02:52
Thanks, I would like to Install the Windows to my OLD IDE Hard Disk, because I would like to use the SATA Hard Dsik be my protable / removable Hard Disk. Thanks

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#14
May 28, 2009 at 08:12:31
I thought you had TWO SATA hard drives? Are your hard drives internal or external? So you want to use one of the SATA drives on your eSATA connection? Do you have other computers with eSATA connections? Do you have an External enclosure with eSATA conductibility?

If you have thought it through and still wish to continue then the configuration options are where I described. Read carefully and you should understand them.

Asustek has fairly detailed setup instructions.

You need to change the IDE drive you wish to use to be the first boot device in the settings. there should be no need to disconnect any other drives.

I hope you don't plan on running WinXP on another computer by moving the eSATA drive around? That isn't going to work.


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#15
May 28, 2009 at 08:33:08
OK...yes, I have 2 SATA Hard Disk right now.. May be I let you know clearly again my current situtation. MY current planning is, I have 2 OLD IDE hard Disk for my existing PC, I brought a new motherboard and new CPU, then want to re-use my OLD IDE Hard disk fo Windows installaton. But, when all part are connected, the OLD IDE Hard Disk were not found, So, I bring my SATA Hard Disk from my office and borrow one more SATA Hard Disk from my friend to check any problem for the motherboard. By the way, no problem were found at that moment, so I installed the SATA hard Disk temporary for the Windows Installation. If the Windows I can install in my OLD IDE Hard Disk, I will disconnect the SATA hard Disk and put it back to office. That 's my problem on that. Hope you fully understand what I want to do..... Many Many Thanks again and appreicate for your reply message before... Thanks...

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#16
May 28, 2009 at 08:42:32
Then read the instructions on how to configure your hard drives in the BIOS. The manual has much detail.

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#17
May 28, 2009 at 08:45:17
Thanks you for your help tonight... highly appreciated..Thanks

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