Missing Partition

March 20, 2011 at 08:54:53
Specs: Windows XP
Missing Partition.....
I attempted to create a bootable USB disc with my windows XP to format and install a fresh copy on an ACER Aspire One netbook. I did this because there is no CD Drive. I deleted the currently used partition and selected the now new fresh partition to install on. Install failed eventually failed due to missing "asms", I found my mistake and when I went to retry the intall process the only partition found is my USB? Windows won't start because it goes back to the old setup "Installing Windows" and fails because it's missing "asms". The computer is stuck in this cycle.
ANY suggestions are more than greatly appreciated. My wife's gonna kill me for killing her pink beast.

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March 20, 2011 at 09:20:46
I'm not a fan of netbooks. For a few bucks more, you could have gotten a small notebook that performs better & has a DVD burner. Anyhow, XP doesn't natively support SATA or SDD hard drives. By formatting, you wiped out the drivers that allowed the HDD to be recognized. Have a look at this:


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March 20, 2011 at 10:05:38
Thanks for the quick reply, that makes sense. Do you know of any means to install the sata driver without a floppy? This "peice" only has USB and an SD port. I tried to install "sata or raid" drivers during the initial setup prior to selecting partition, but it only tells me there is no floppy drive available.

Thanks again

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March 20, 2011 at 10:15:57
Hey, I think I've got it. I went in and changed the HDD format from IDE to AHCI (or vice versa?) Anyways POOF there's my C: drive ;) Thanks again for the reply!

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March 20, 2011 at 10:22:35
The initial files loaded from the XP CD (or loaded when you run Setup by running a certain program in the \i386 folder) cannot recognize most models of USB floppy drives, unless it's one that was available when XP was first released circa 2001..
The SATA controller drivers must be on a floppy disk - the initial files loaded from the XP CD (or loaded when you run Setup by running a certain program in the \i386 folder) cannot recognize the driver files being on any other source.

See Method 2 at mickliq's referenced link.
You don't need to install SATA drivers while installing Windows if you do that.

What the specific setting is we probably can't tell you because usually there is little or no info about what you see in a brand name system bios version that can be found on the web.
Whatever the setting is, it's presently set to SATA or AHCI, it's changeable, and at least one other choice is an IDE compatible mode.
E.g. IDE, EIDE, ATA, PATA, Compatible, or similar.

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