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windows xp does not see sata drive

Gateway / E-6100
January 28, 2013 at 06:42:51
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Intel P4 2.6 4 GB Ram
I will explain. This could be related to what I just had an issue with.
If it's not I will start a new thread. I hooked my 1 TB hard drive up and Windows does not see the drive.
Disk management does not see the drive. BIOS does see the drive. I hooked the original 80 GB IDE up and
it will see the 1 TB. The 80 GB the one that has the install that had the issues is SATA. The 80 GB
IDE is the original and has the original install from the shop.

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January 28, 2013 at 07:24:00
XP was released before SATA drives became popular therefore there is no native SATA support built into XP. All you need to do is install the SATA drivers & the HDD will be recognized.

If you're trying to install XP to the SATA HDD, see the following:

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January 28, 2013 at 08:48:44
The SATA drivers should be there. When I boot up with the IDE drive that has the orignal OS image from the shop it see's the 1 TB. And the 80 GB SATA used to see the 1 TB SATA before I had some issues with viruses. You can read my post on I think it's on the XP forum about ie errors. See this post

I can try the drivers. And XP SP3 Install disk DOES have sata support. I know about the SATA issue before SP3 you have to change drives in BIOS to IDE.

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January 28, 2013 at 09:59:42
Does the BIOS see the SATA drive correctly? That is by model and FULL capacity?

Look for the drive in Windows Disk Management. Unless the drive is partitioned and formatted Computer will not see it. You can partition and format from within Disk Management.

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January 28, 2013 at 10:37:24
"XP SP3 Install disk DOES have sata support"

If it's a retail disc is does not support SATA. If it's an OEM branded disc it may contain the SATA drivers but not without Microsoft's permission. Here's a list of all the updates & fixes contained in SP3.

Try installing the RAID/SATA driver:

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January 28, 2013 at 10:45:47
The drive is formatted. The BIOS does see the drive full 1 TB. Windows does not see the drive at all. Not in computer management not in device manager not in My Computer. I will try the sata raid controller. The only way Windows will see the drive is the orignal 80 GB IDE With a diffent install.
As far as the SATA drivers on XP disk sorry for the mix up. I have a Dell laptop came with XP Professional SP3 with the Dell branded disk. I have had no issues reinstalling XP SP3 with the disk.

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January 28, 2013 at 11:19:58
I tried installing the SATA drivers. I got a message that my computer did not beet the minimuim requirements. Like I said all was good before I had the issues in the link posted above. Here is what I am going to try next. I am going to take the drive out of this HP Desktop that has SATA and put it in the Gateway and see what happens. Or first I may try another 500 GB drive I have and see waht happens.

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January 28, 2013 at 11:56:41
OK Well I am stuck spinning the wheels in my head. I hooked the 500 GB SATA drive up and BIOS does nopt even see the drive. I connect the 1 TB back up BIOS does see it. But I tried to boot up now after changing the SATA cable from port 1 to 0 I get BSOD.with the error.
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF789E524,0XC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000

I am thinking this could be a controller problem here.
I just changed SATA ports and it boots. Now I will swap back and see what happens.
I swapped back and no BSOD. Now I am going to put the 1 TB in my external case the 500 GB was in.

Windows see's the 1 TB in the external case. So like I said I think there is a controller problem. Does anyone else think the same?

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January 28, 2013 at 12:52:55
Change the sata controller setting in the bios to compatible mode/ or whatever compatibility option have other than AHCI or SATA as the controller, and see if windows picks up the hard drive. Depends on the bios the different modes of for the hard disk controller.

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January 28, 2013 at 13:10:59
I will try that. But like I said it worked before the issues in the above link. I ran the 1 TB for 2 or 2 months. Also have had the 500 GB in there with no issues.

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January 28, 2013 at 17:08:17
I imaged the old IDE drive that had the XP install from the shop. System booted fine and XP saw the 1 TB drive with both SATA's. The only crazy thing it did was I had to reactivate Windows after I imaged the drive to the 80 GB SATA. I am not sure what the issue is now. I thought it was a bad SATA port but if that was the case the drive would not show up? So I restored a backup I made back to the 80 GB SATA I made a backup before I imaged the IDE. I have restored the backup back to the 80 GB SATA. There is somthing wrong somewhere I just got to figure out what's wrong.

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January 29, 2013 at 07:00:01
Looks like your board (IntelĀ® Desktop Board D875PBZ) includes 2 first generation SATA ports that can be used in a RAID.

There are many issues that could come into play here. First is connecting a later version SATA drive. You may need to install a throttling jumper, if available. Second is the RAID issue. Be sure you are isolating the drives in the BIOS settings.

I suggest you read the Intel information on this as the Gateway manual may be incomplete. See the link below.

If you want to boot to the IDE I am not sure you can use the SATA as a boot drive.

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January 29, 2013 at 17:09:45
I was using both SATA drives just fine then ran into problems. I will be busy next few days and may have some time to fool with it. Maybe Thursday I will find some time to mess with it. Thanks for the info and I will read the manual. The orignal Gateway manuel is also on the computer somewhere. I also have another manuel from my old Gateway that covers several models. I just have to get time to read them.

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January 29, 2013 at 17:20:40
is there an ide mode option in the bios? if there is chande the mode to ide on the hard drive.

Iron Sharpens Iron.

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January 30, 2013 at 04:22:14
Yes there is. When I changed it to IDE I got no boot device.

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January 30, 2013 at 08:08:31
You can't change the mode if you installed Windows in AHCI without re-installing.

See if there is a throttling jumper on the 1TB drive. That drive is either SATA II or III. You may need to slow it down. Your controller is only good for 150 anyway.

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January 30, 2013 at 19:20:17
You can play games forever trying to find SATA drivers for WinXP. I had the same problem and it is very easily solved. Click on the following link:

There you will find everything that you need to run a SATA drive with WinXP. It will be convenient to have an internal USB port.

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January 31, 2013 at 05:08:25

Your advice is a step backward. The drivers for that computer are available and are linked above. adapters are iffy at best. This computer can already run SATA drives in an IDE compatibility mode.

However, as I stated above, doing so may require re-installing Windows. I am not sure if Chris intends to use the larger drive to run Windows or not.

If anything were to be purchased, a PCI based SATA II or III card would make more sense. None of that should be necessary.

SATA is already working in this computer. Just not the larger/newer 1TB drive.

Christopher, Is the BIOS set to allow the OS to configure the hardware? Not sure if that is an option in your BIOS. Could also be labeled PnP aware OS.

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