No Hard Disk Detected During Windows XP Installation - SATA

Hi Everyone,

I have two Western Digital 74 Gigabyte Raptor SATA Hard Drives.  One of the hard drives has been formatted and it Loads into windows properly. But I want to format the Hard Drive now because I am selling the computer, but when I try to reinstall Windows XP after it goes through all of its processes I hit enter to Install windows on a hard drive but the next screen says No hard disk detected. Then I have to quit setup.

Here are some things that I have tried:

I have plugged the hard drive into the SATA port on my motherboard and it is regonized by the BIOS but it still gives me that message.

I also plugged both HD's into the SATA Raid controller and setup the Raid array properly, everthing is recognized by the BIOS but i still get the same message when I try to install windows.

Here are the systems specs.

AMD S939 64 bit FX-53 CPU
Asus A8V Deluxe Motherboard
Two Western Digital 74 GB SATA Raptor HD

If anyone of your could help me out that would be appreciated.

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MnfConnect With a Mentor Commented:
try the latest version of the floppy(Make Promise RAID driver floppy for Windows 2000/XP/2003 ),

you can find other things for your mobo here
Hi dana0550,

You must have had a floppy disk with the SATA drivers. During install of XP hit F6 and load them.

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There will be a facility to create the SATA floppy on the motherboard CD.

Chris B
you must have a driver for your raid controler (it must be recognize when the setup is loading)
when loading the setup press F6( you will see a note in the bottom asking you to press F6 if you have driver to load with setup)
then provide your raid controler driver
dana0550Author Commented:
I am aware that I have to press F6 now, but the next problem is this:

After I specify additional device and put in the driver Disk, I get this error:

Fastt2k.sys error (18), setup cannot continue.

I have tried muiltiple floppies and formatted each one.

I am using the driver for my MOBO from the ASUS site.

What do you think is the problem now?
you can also refere to the page (5-33) (Creating RAID driver disk) of your manual to follow the exact way of installing the system,
if the above floppy didn't work for you try this one

if you don't have the maual you can download it from here..
dana0550Author Commented:
Hey MNF,

The file worked.

Thank you.
I have the exact same problem as Dana had but I can't fix it.
I have a Gigabyte 915PL-G mobo and Seagate Barracuda 80G hdd.
I tried to add drivers from mobo cd to the XP installation CD with nLite and it worked, but when the CD boots it still says that windows found no hdd. Now I am very confused, I either added wrong drivers or there is some other problem.
I added all these drivers: 265ATA, 265AXP, 265RXP, 276ATA, 276RAID, SCSI, SCSIRAID
I could use all the help I can get.
Thank you all.
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