SATA2 vs. Win XP

December 20, 2010 at 06:39:46
Specs: XP

I bought a new hard drive WD Caviar Green 500 GB (SATA2) to replace an old Seagate 250 GB (SATA1). The bios sees the new HD with no problem. I tried to install Win XP SP2 ... the installation went ok up to the point where XP finished to install ... the PC reebooted and got to the boot screen of XP (where u see the bar and the XP logo) but it stays there and does not continue to the desktop ... the bar keeps loading but the HD light does not go on .. its like the HD is dead

To make matters even weird i installed ubuntu 9 on the same HD but in a different partition .. it works !! not only does it see the whole HD as a 500 GB but i can also see whats on the other partition that contains the XP files and everything seems ok...

Any ideas as to how to get XP to work ?

Thank you.

The PC is an HP a1430n

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December 20, 2010 at 07:34:31
To install XP on an SATA HDD, you need to install the SATA drivers at the beginning of the installation by pressing F6, then load them from a floppy.

If you don't have a floppy, another thing you may be able to do is enter the BIOS & temporarily change to "IDE compatibility mode", install XP, then install the SATA drivers. Once the drivers are installed, you can go back into the BIOS & change the setting again.

The last method is to create an all new XP disc with the SATA drivers already slipstreamed into it.

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December 20, 2010 at 17:26:21
I did it! it wasnt about the XP drivers .. i put the sata cable that was previously in SATA1 connector on the motherboard in the SATA2 connector on the motherboard now everything works like a charm ... so for everyone out there that has the same problem ... look on ur motherboard and see how many sata connectors u have ... next to them its written in tiny letters if its for SATA 1 2 3 4 ... u plug the cable into those connectors depending on what drive u have

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