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Driver for WD1600JD Serial ATA hard drive

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I am trying to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP but when I try to do it, it tells me Windows XP cannot find the hard drive.
The Drive ID is WDC WD1600JD 00HBB0 and it's 160 GB
Does anyone know when I can find the driver or how I can go by to format this hard drive?
Thanks.
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by:notfuzzi
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The hard drive is a Serial ATA drive and it seems that Windows XP does not have the correct driver built in.  Usually your motherboard manufacturer provides a driver that you can put on a floppy drive.  As you are booting to the XP CD (at the beginning) you will notice a prompt to press F6 to install a third party controller driver.  Press this, and put in the floppy disk and follow the instructions from there.

If you have problems finding the correct driver, let us know what type of computer or motherboard you have.
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by:michko
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Win XP install often won't recognize SATA drive without installing the sata drivers.  Here are some references with more information:
http://www.cpusolutions.com/mm8004744CPU/HTML/Guides/Installing%20Windows%20XP%20on%20a%20SATA%20Harddrive.htm
http://www.mysuperpc.com/build/pc_sata_install_windows_operating_system.shtml
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by:Bob Macpherson
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It's a Dell Dimension 8400, I don't have the disks for it anymore
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by:qz8dsw
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It's not the hard drive you need a driver for, it's the SATA controller the hard drive is connected to.
Is the controller one thats on your motherboard or is it another card that plugs into your motherbaord?
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Then what are you using to reinstall Windows?  
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Try here.
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_8400&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=

Under Sata Drives.  (Grab both of them, one will be the driver that will go on a floppy disk for setting up windows, the other will be for when windows is up and going.)
You'll need a floppy disk

Terry
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by:notfuzzi
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As Michko said, you have to have a Windows CD to install Windows on the computer.  Here, however is the driver for the SATA controller on the motherboard:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/downloads/en/downloads_splash?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~mode=popup&file=108901

If that link doesn't work properly for some reason, you can go to support.dell.com. input your service tag or the model for your computer, and look under SATA drives.

It should automatically install to a floppy.  This is a moot point though if you don't have a Windows CD.
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by:Bob Macpherson
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qz8dsw, the drivers you provided work great, thanks!
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No worries.
Glad to help.

Terry
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