Setup didn't find any hard disk drives installed...

Hi friends !

I have a HP 530 Notebook PC. Currently Windows Vista Home Edition is installed on it. It was installed by default. I tried to installed Windows XP Professional so I used the Windows XP bootable CD and booted from CD. Sometime after booting, I received the following message...

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup can not continue. To quit setup, Press F3.

But you see that Windows Vista is already running on the laptop. Then I went to run--->msinfo32.exe

In the System Information...under Components--->Storage, I found the SCSI and IDE node.

In the SCSI, driver entry (driver path) was -----------> C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\msiscsi.sys
In the IDEI, driver entry (driver path) was -----------> C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\intelide.sys

I also went in setup and under Diagnostics--->HDD Self-Test Options, and tested the HDDs. Tests were succeeded.

Following are the System Configurations:
Notebook Model: HP530 Notebook PC (GH637AA#UUG)
Processor Type: Genuine Intel (R) CPU T2050
ROM Date: 04/21/2007
ROM BIOS Version: F.01

Will you please tell me what may be the problem ? Why I am not able to install Window XP Professional Edition ? Do I need to install IDE/SCSI Controller ?  Do I need to search for drivers for controllers on site ?

Waiting for your replies...


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and235100Connect With a Mentor Commented:
This is probably down to the fact that a sata hard drive is installed - and you will need to make sure that the drivers are loaded - hit F6 when you get the prompt - and enter a floppy disk with the relevant drivers on it - or create a slipstreamed cd with the drivers installed -
Bozwell99Connect With a Mentor Commented:
What type of Hard Drive do you have installed? If it is SCSI or SATA you may need to press F6 during the installation boot to install drivers for the Hard Drive. the drivers should be available form HP, or that manufacturer of the HD.

The problem you might have is that most new laptops don't come with floppy drives in order to install drivers from, and the XP install doesn't support any other method, so you'll need to connect an external USP floppy drive to it to install the drivers.
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Brian PierceConnect With a Mentor PhotographerCommented:
You have fallen into the trap of trying to remove Vista and replace it with XP.
XP comes only with a limited range of disk drivers built in and consequently cannot recognise and fins a disk driver for you hard disk.
You will need to download a suitable disk driver from the manufacturers web site and privide this during the initial setup of XP. Shortly after XP boots from the CD tou will see a message at the bottom of the screen that says "Press F6 to install disk driver" (or words to that effect). You nedd to do juts that - but here is the rub - it expects tou to provide it on a floppy disk. If you do not have a floppy disk then if you can get your laptop to treat a USB device as drive A, you can use that (some can - some can't). If that is not possible you will have to include the drivers on a slipstreamed windows cd using a utility lile nlite

Of course you will need other XP drivers for your audio, video and network card etc.
Dr-4NConnect With a Mentor Commented:
What you are trying is downgrading your system (OS) which in most of the cases fail I mean you can not install an old version of windows after installing a new wan so you can not install XP after Vista I think that is why you are getting this message with operating system downgrades are not allowed
Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you want to completely remove Vista (format) this should work, but if not, I don't think you'll succeed.  Check your BIOS for a setting similar to "OS Install Mode" - the drive in the laptop is probably SATA, but as I've learned from someone else's posts on this site, some laptops have an option in BIOS to report the drives in a "standard" IDE format that XP will then see.  This may also affect the amount of RAM the system appears to have - or it may ONLY affect the amount of RAM.
JatinHemantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies...

In most of the replies, I was suggested to install the disk driver because Windows XP is not able to recognize the disk. I got your point, but you see I am missing the device driver CD so I looked for the driver on at the following link...

On this link for HP530, I can see the drivers for the following category...

Driver-Keyboard, Mouse and Input Devices
Operating Systems-Enhancements and QFEs
Software-System Management

I think that HP has given almost all the drivers on their website. I have many times downloaded and installed the drivers for Printers, NIC Card, Graphics, Modems, Audio etc. but I have never downloaded the driver for disk drives.

Will you please tell me from this list, what driver you are talking about ? Is it there or I have to download it from any other location ?

I am not sure if it is not on then it will be anywhere else !!!

Waiting for your valuable replies...



Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Did you check BIOS for the setting I mentioned?  This is an easy step.  It may not be there... but it's easy to check and change and test.

HP sometimes doesn't put the drivers on their site - and it's possible they don't have one for that laptop (One of many reasons I don't like HP).  None of the categories posted would appear correct - typically - IF you do need a driver, you're talking about a "Storage Controller" driver.
Dr-4NConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Again I think this will not work you are downgrading an operating system
JatinHemantAuthor Commented:
Hi Dr-4N !

First of all...Thanks for your commnet. But you see, I have downgarded the OS from Vista to XP on the laptops many times and I succeeded. But this time, with this laptop, I got this problem. I am sure that XP is being unable to find the SATA disk as it doesn't have much disk drivers compare to Vista.

But I am not able to find the disk driver for HP530 Notebook PC. I have searched but I couldn't find it. If any of you can try for it, please help me.

Second, In the recent posts, I was provided this link:

But  I am not understanding what this nlite software is used for ? and how I will use it ?

If, I find the disk driver then how I will prepare this Slipstreamed Windows CD ? and How will I include this driver in that CD ?

Please explain me in this regard.

Thanks again,

JatinHemantAuthor Commented:
Dear friends !

I have downloaded the nlite software and also readed the user guide. The utility is really fantastic. Thanks to all of you for supporting me continuously...


So what drivers do you download?  Motherboard, chipset, Hard drive, ?????
Hi hemant !

How could you managed to Install XP on your HP 530 at last ?
I also have similar problem. I have Compaq 3780TU & unable to install XP & also not able to find SATA driver on hp's site. it has intel 960 chipset mbrd. I have tried ICH7 SATA Driver but unable to detct HDD

What is the solution do let me know
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