|I'm really getting sick of explaining this. Someone (maybe me) should create a "how to" that can be linked to every time the question is asked. Anyhow, it's impossible to install XP to an SATA HDD without doing one of these 3 things:|
1. load the SATA/RAID drivers at the start of the installation by press F6, then installing them from a floppy disk
2. enter the BIOS & change the SATA to IDE compatibility mode, install XP, install the SATA drivers, then change back to SATA mode again
3. create a completely new XP disc with the SATA/RAID drivers slipstreamed into it. A program called nLite is needed to create the new disk. And you'll obviously need a XP disc to copy the files from PLUS the SATA/RAID drivers.
You MUST do one of the 3 or you can NOT install XP.
I just downloaded your board's user manual so that I can get the terminology correct. You need to enter the BIOS, go to the SATA Configuration menu, then make sure SATA Mode is set to IDE Mode. Also, make sure the SATA Controller is set to Enhanced. And check the boot order to make sure the CD/DVD drive is listed before the HDD.
One other thing, if you're trying to boot off a HDD that already has XP pre-installed, that's adding to your problems. XP cannot be transferred from one system to another. It MUST be reinstalled or at the very least, repaired.
How to Perform a Repair Installation
BTW, you'll find the SATA driver at the Asus site, but you should already have it on the drivers disc that came with your board: