Setup did not find any hard disk drives

Foxconn / G31mx
September 4, 2009 at 02:15:49
Specs: Windows 2000
Due to a motherboard failure I have just had a new motherboard and graphics card installed in my desktop. As I'm not confident dealing with motherboards I took it in somewhere to have the hardware fitted. I've now got my PC back and wanted to attempt an XP Repair in the hope of keeping the data on my hard drives.

I switched on and went into the BIOS and ensured the boot priority was as follows:
2. Hard Drive
3. Floppy

I then rebooted with the XP disc in and pressed the space bar when it said press any key to boot from CD.

It started to load some files from the disc. Upon reaching the first blue Windows XP Setup screen I pressed Enter (to select the first option).

At this point I got the error
Setup did not find any hard disk installed in your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected. And any disk related configuration is correct. Press F3 to quit.

The details of my system are as follows:-

- Foxconn G31MX motherboard with Intel G31 + ICH7 chipset
- CD-Rom and DVD-RW connected to IDE Port
- Maxtor 6L060J3 and Maxtor 6Y120P0 hard drives connected to PCI slot via PCI IDE adapter
- Palit Nvidia 9500GT Super+ Graphics Card

BIOS CMOS Features
- IDE Channel 0: CD-ROM
- IDE Channel 1: DVD-RW

Advanced BIOS Features
- Hard Disk Boot Priority: 1) SCSI-0: Maxtor 6L060J3; 2) SCSI-1: Maxtor 6Y120P0; 3) Bootable Add-In Cards

I've been offline for 6 weeks now so any help would be most appreciated…

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September 4, 2009 at 03:03:32
It would appear you have SATA drives, therefore at Start of Install press F6 and offer the SATA Controller Drivers on a Floppy Disk...

You may be able to undertake a repair install but depending on the version of Windows XP it may require contacting Microsoft to validate...............

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September 4, 2009 at 03:50:43
Thanks MWCC

Having read quite a few threads on various forums I thought this might be the case - what drivers do I require and where can I download them from?....Thanks in advance

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September 4, 2009 at 04:33:24
mmm - Often drivers arrive with the disk when you buy it? Otherwise on manufacturuer's web-site; which download to a suitable medium - usb stick; cd/dvd (even a floppy...)? Use that medium to supply/instal drivers at appropriate time?

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September 4, 2009 at 05:17:12
Ok, I've gone to and clicked on Support and then Software Downloads. This opened a new window. I then clicked on SATA which has now given me 2 downloads to choose from:

SATA 300 PCI Adapter Card Driver
Serial ATA/150 PCI Adapter Card Driver

I have 2 questions: (a) am I in the right place? and (b) if I am in the right place, which one should I download?

Thanks again in advance...

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September 4, 2009 at 06:52:04
"PCI slot via PCI IDE adapter"

If the drives are connected to this then you need to know the chipset manufacturer of the chipset on this card, you should of got a CD with this which has instructions.......

This has nothing to do with hard drives pare-se......

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September 4, 2009 at 07:03:57
The card was fitted by the company who fitted the motherboard in order to ensure that both my hard drives would fit (as there is only one IDE slot on my new motherboard).
I've just phoned the company and they are going to put the drivers on a disk for me to pick up after work.
Thanks for all your help and I'll be sure to let you know if this solves the problem.
Thanks again...

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September 28, 2009 at 07:20:52
Sorry but forgot to tell you all what happened!!!!

Spoke to the company who fitted the adapter and requested the drivers for it. They put them onto a floppy for me to collect.

Got home and tried the XP repair as MWCC suggested (Response Number 1). Repair went through without a hitch and I'm now back online.

Thank you all...... ;o)

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