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XPS/Dimension XPS Gen - no hard disk present when i go to reload from CD yet it boots to windows and hdd is in the bios and test ok


Im trying to reload this puppy and its driving me bananas.
I get as far as the choices to reload windows .....then ........ no hdd.  Its in the bios! It test ok.  It goes to windows.

Is it raid related - note there is only one drive in the PC.

Its probably some thing really simple (I always hate hearing that!!!!!!!  that and it worked perfectly yesterday .......aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah)

Anywho anyone any clues.

The hdd is a sata and the sys has a few bugs and needs to be reloaded .......



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When you install windows os, you must press F6 at very begin of installation to install sata driver. You should have floppy drive to do this task.
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Ok giving that a whirl.  

I have the floppy disk done (didnt have a floppy on site last week ......... dooooooooooh)

Its working ........ Cheers Punky.
 
 
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So if any sys has a sata drive - you must have a fdd with a disk to relaod it?
Not every system, though. Some system which has better Intel chipset (I can not recall them - some where in EE board), you wont need to load such drivers when install. But mostly systems now, it is a required step.
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I can see myself carrying a fdd as well as everything else soon.
Reloading a sata hard laptop drive could be difficult.

So if its a sata drive - off to the manufacturers and getting the drivers .....

Mmmmm........ that good

Appart from fdd.... is "creating a slipstream xp cd " (never done one) the only other option .....
Like will a usb fdd work to relaod?  Would save opening up a computer.  


Regarding the slipstream, please read the thread below:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/21448360/Unattended-Slipstream-of-XP-upgrade.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+slipstream+xp

Regarding the USB FDD, it will require usb enable in bios. It will give give hard time, but your system bios supports it, then it is nothing (it works like normal fdd).

The sata driver for installing that I meant, it is sata controller driver for motherboard, not the sata hard drive.
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Thanks for all the help!
Thank for the grade and points.

Good night.