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XP and SATA

Hi
I am trying to get a SATA HD working with XP.  
the motherboard is a EPOX ep-8rda3+ pro
The HD is a maxtor 160gb

On boot the SATA is registering. But when I try to use Maxtors CD to transfer my old drive to the new one, it doesn't see it.

So I ried installing XP on the SATA and it worked. But Windows XP won't run/load most the time (It actually worked once). But it does load in the safe mode

Thanks Joe
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rindiCommented:
Try another make of HD. I've had nothing but problems with maxtor drives.
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JoeHeinenAuthor Commented:
I ordered a Western Digital

Do they work better?
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rindiCommented:
all disks where the name isn't maxtor work better than a maxtor :-)
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nobusCommented:
>>   But Windows XP won't run/load most the time   <<  what happens ? any errors or messages?
many people don't like maxtor; however, i have ne real problems with them. yes, i had some bad maxtors, but also other brands.
what model is the old disk?
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JoeHeinenAuthor Commented:
when it doesn't load (which is all the time now) it just freezes. The logo is there and the progress bar....but it doesn't go further. Then after awhile it freezes.

I got an answer from Epox
"Dear User,
Please check the drive for jumper setting. If it's a SATA 2 drive you need to jumper it to SATA 1 for 150MB/ps. You'll need to have the SATA driver installed during the installation of window by hitting the f6 key. Unfortunately our bundled CD's autorun menu does not provide the ability to create a nv raid floppy.

We found the nv raid driver on the CD using windows explorer. You can copied it to a floppy. Then during the  installing W2k using this at F6 prompt, and W2k will let you fully utilize the SATA raid array controller. Thanks
I hope you will relay the information about the CD problem to your engineers so they can correct it. The autorun feature should allow the user to create a raid floppy, as the directions state."

so I made the disk and try to reinstall XP. But it freezes when it get to "starting windows"
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nobusCommented:
i w ould try these :
- test the ram : with memtest86+ from :   http://www.memtest.org/      
- try another XP cd, or make a copy of it, and try that.
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rindiCommented:
Are you sure you copied the correct version of the driver to the floppy? There are often different ones, or better, look on the internet for a  more current driver. Also use a partition of less than 137GB on the disk for your C drive, windows XP can only address disks smaller than 137GB directly, it needs an installed servicepack to be able to address larger disks.
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JoeHeinenAuthor Commented:
Thanks!

How do I partition the drive without an operating system?

I used the driver that came with the motherboard.  What driver do I need? At this point I'm not sure what I'm looking for

should I get that service pack for the old hard drive?

Also when I have 2 drives in The old one and the new one) the old one with XP doesn't recognize the new one
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pyroman1Commented:
Joe,

Here are some things that can help alleviate some of your problems and really get down to the heart of the issue:

*1. Create a local source copy of your Windows XP CD. - http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/3/
*2. Slipstream SP2 onto the CD (allows you to use the entire 160GB drive as one partition). - http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/6/
3. Download and use RyanVM's Post SP2 Update Pack and the RVM Integrator if you went the manual route. - http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/updatepack.html
4. Download Bashrat the Sneaky's driverpacks (minimum of BASE and MassStorage). - http://www.driverpacks.net/
4a. Instructions for DriverPacks - http://www.uawiki.org/doku.php?id=wxp:ua:drivers:driverpacks:tutorial

This will allow you to bypass the F6 portion of the install, use XP SP2 with all hotfixes to-date, and have all current drivers installed upon Windows installation.  If you want to you can even create an unattended sript (http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/7/).
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pyroman1Commented:
forgot the notes for the *'s

* - I prefer using the manual method to nLite, but the choice is yours.  Directions are slightly different for nLite regarding RyanVM's stuff, but his site gives them so you should be OK
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rindiCommented:
When installing XP you can select how you want to partition the disk.

As for the driver, I've just checked on the epox homepage, and the current drivers seem to be from 2004, so it is likely the driver on your CD won't be older. Try it again with that floppy.
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JoeHeinenAuthor Commented:
Hi Pyroman1
I tried doing what you suggest....but can't boot from the cd

I was able to boot from the original cd and load drivers using f6

But a new problem showed up

The istalation finds 2 unknown partitions that it can't install to.  I tried to format using the recovery panel...appears to work. But when I instal xp those 2 partitions are still there. How do I get rid of them?
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pyroman1Commented:
When you say you can't boot from the CD do you mean that the "Press any ket to boot from CD..." option is not appearing?  If so, I apologize for forgeting the instructions on burning the CD.  Here they are:
http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm

Basically you use ISOBuster to extract the boot image and then use Nero (or another of the other options at the bottom of the page) to burn the CD as a bootable CD.
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JoeHeinenAuthor Commented:
Hi Pyroman1
the boot option is there...just nothing happens

I have Nero...missed the bootable CD part

(can ya tell I'm a newbie?)

Really appreciate your help
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pyroman1Commented:
Sorry I didn't respond sooner.

Is the keyboard a USB keyboard?  If so make sure the option to have the BIOS control USB devices is enabled.  Otherwise you won't be able to press any key.  If you can't find the option in your BIOS use a PS/2 keyboard.
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JoeHeinenAuthor Commented:
Thanks all !!

It turns out I had a couple of problems

The hard drive was bad and one stick of memory was bad. Replaced both and XP loaded just fine
Finally got it working last night
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pyroman1Commented:
Joe,

Glad you got it working.  I would suggest giving nobus points for advising you to test the RAM.  If you feel any other suggestions were also helpful you can mark those as assists.
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nobusCommented:
always good to see a pc running again huh !
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JoeHeinenAuthor Commented:
how do I mark "assists" ?
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pyroman1Commented:
The split points button.  I think you have to ask the moderators to reopen the question if you want to change it.
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pyroman1Commented:
You can ask the moderators to do it for you by click Support at the top of the page and choose Ask an Expert in that section.  Set the points to 0, if it asks, and ask the moderators to split points.  Just tell them who should get how many points, minimum is 20, and that the Accpeted Answer should remain the same.  Be sure to include a link to this question for them.
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