cant see 750 gig hardrive

Desktop / Compaq nr5050nx
April 8, 2009 at 15:08:09
Specs: Windows XP, 2 gb ddr2
i look in bios, and it sees the 750 gig drive
but when windows xp starts not there !
its a sata drive my computer has pata or something like that (pata) not sure te name but it has 2 sata and (pata) am i forgetting something do i need to turn off or turn on or load a spical driver ???

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April 8, 2009 at 15:22:24
You either need to install the SATA controller drivers or configure the drive to run in an IDE compatibility mode in the BIOS.

Evidently that model came with Vista installed so there is no WinXP SATA driver on the HP site.

The easiest thing to do is to set the drive in the BIOS to AHCI mode.

You also need to have at least SP1 installed prior to this or only 127GB of storage will show.

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April 8, 2009 at 16:52:19
Note that a drive will not show up in My Computer until it has been partitioned. This can be accomplished in Disk Management.

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April 19, 2009 at 20:05:10
disk managment ok ! sata drriver also makes since iwill be back if it work !

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