Motherboard does not see my SATA harddrive at boot (problem installing XP on new drive)
Posted on 2007-11-26
Have new MSI motherboard with newest bios.
Can boot to IDE drive with XP without problems. Have new - working and faultless and "active" - SATA drive (tried two different), but cannot for my life figure how to install XP on it, so it can be my new boot drive. If I boot up with the IDE drive the SATA drive is working perfectly.
The problem is that the Motherboard does not "see" the SATA harddrive unless I boot via the IDE drive. for example, if I boot using the XP CD-rom (as normal install). Windows XP installer stalls at the beginning and reports that XP cannot find a harddisk to install to.
Finally made a copy of the IDE drive with Acronis Image (to make a "perfect" mirror working copy of the IDE XP setup). But to no avail... The SATA drive just does not come up, unless I boot through the IDE drive.
To me it seems to be some kind of driver issue, and the lack of the right driver is preventing me from getting "into" the harddrive in the first place. Mirroring the IDE drive to the SATA disk was my last shot at the problem. Any other suggestions would be very helpful.
I can hook up a floppy - but I don't know what drivers to use - MSI homepage leaves me clueless as to what to put on the floppy (if thats the solution).
Spent a week really trying hard to get this to work. Very frustrated now.