sata hd master

January 22, 2010 at 07:59:16
Specs: Windows XP
i just installed a new sate hd in my computer i want that to be the only drive but when i try to install windows xp it says there is no drive ! some one said it needs to be formated but how do you format it if i cant see it

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#1
January 22, 2010 at 08:03:51
It probably not a matter of formatting, but rather of loading a driver for your SATA controller during setup. If you are using a retail XP CD, or if you are using a OEM (aka Dell, HP, etc.) CD but have changed the card the drive connects to, XP Setup won't have the drivers to see the card (know as the "controller") and therefore can't see the drive attached to it. When setup first starts, you'll see a message that says "Press F6 to load drivers" (or something to that effect).

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#2
January 22, 2010 at 08:24:34
thanks that helps ! here is ansother thfing when i bought the drive it was just the drive do i go to the drive site samsung and get the drivers for this . i did f6 but i had nothing to put in

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#3
January 22, 2010 at 08:50:34
You don't need drivers for the drive. You need drivers for the controller. This is the thing the connected to the other end of the SATA cable. Sometimes the controller is built into the motherboard, other times it is a separate card that is plugged into a slot on the motherboard. Each controller has its own drivers. You'll need to ether figure out what controller card you have, or post the motherboard/computer model you have so someone can look it up (if the controller is built in).

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#4
January 22, 2010 at 08:59:09
When you hsve the drivers, you will need to load them.

You can load via a floppy, but new computers don't have one.

nlite can integrate the drivers on to an xp installation disk.

http://www.nliteos.com/index.html

I don't know, but you might be able to put the drivers onto a cd, when F6 comes up, put in the driver cd in, then try the xp disk again to continue the install.

Or, you might find there is a BIOS update, that will see the sata drive.


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