Sata hdd

Intel D101ggc motherboard
May 11, 2010 at 15:22:45
Specs: Windows XP, Celeron/1gb DDR
I have an Emachines PC with Intel D101GGc mobo, I have been using this pc fine for over 3 years. About 6 months ago the standard [IDE] HDD started going out. I bought a 250gb SATA HDD and installed WinXP on that HDD, I left the old HDD in the pc and was loading OS off the SATA drive. Well a few weeks ago the old HDD stopped working, so I removed it from pc. I now can't get it to boot from the SATA HDD, I checked for drivers, tried doing IDE emulation in BIOS [couldnt find a way to set that] and recently i tried updating BIOS from a boot cd [no floppy drive] but had no success. Can anyone give some advice? Or do I need to swap out a IDE HDD from another comp to continue using this PC?

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#1
May 11, 2010 at 16:32:45
When you left the old hard disk in the machine it wasn't so bad that Windows installed its system files on that disk even though the operating system was installed on the SATA drive. You were actually booting of the old hard disk.

You can either put the old hard disk back in with the same configuration as before or reinstall the operating system with only the SATA drive in place.

For future reference when a computer stops working the very last thing you thing of doing is updating the BIOS. A computer that was previously working never stops working because there is something wrong with the BIOS. BIOS hardly ever go wrong, ever.

Stuart


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#2
May 11, 2010 at 16:50:25
Ok That makes sense. But when I try to boot with WinXP CD in drive, it starts loading the install but repeats the "insert disk to continue" screen. The old HDD is now too bad to load from.

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#3
May 11, 2010 at 17:01:06
Are you sure you are booting from the CD and not trying to boot from the hard disk that is now missing its boot files.

Go into the BIOS and make sure the the CD/DVD drive is the first boot device. If it is booting from the CD you will get "Press any key to boot from CD" message before anything else happens.

Stuart


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#4
May 11, 2010 at 17:04:06
Yea it is botting from CD, that is the only way it will boot at all. but when I begin installation of windows it says to install disk to continue. the Windows XP disk is in the drive and it wont move past this screen.

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#5
May 11, 2010 at 17:16:03
You can't install XP on an SATA HDD unless you either set the BIOS to IDE compatibility mode, or load the SATA drivers from a floppy by pressing F6 at the beginning of the installation. The only other alternative is to create a new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.

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#6
May 11, 2010 at 18:24:45
That is what I was afraid of. I searched for the SATA drivers but couldnt find any from intel or emachines. I have the Nlite prgram to create disk, but couldnt find any info on those drivers for this mobo anywhere.

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May 12, 2010 at 18:46:21

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#8
May 13, 2010 at 15:04:12
I found the drivers and embedded them into an ISO boot CD. and yet it still wont pick them up, or do anything past booting into Windows Setup screen. I found a floppy drive in an old computer but couldnt find a store in my area that sells floppy disks....I also grabbed the HDD from the computer that had the floppy drive, and hooked it up, it would try to boot into Win98 but was missing files. I once again tried to install WinXP on that HDD but it couldnt find or verify a genuine windows cd. This is the same CD i used to install Windows on this PC 6 months ago. I am gonna try a different optical drive and maybe find a floppy disk. Otherwise I am lost what to do from here

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