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Recovery Console doesn't see my sata drive

pc_helper asked
I have a XP Home laptop with a Sata HDD. I continuously get a BSOD on booting into standard mode (safe mode is OK) I wanted to boot to recovery console but when I attempt this I get a message saying that Setup cannot detect a HDD on my system. The BIOS correctly sees the drive. How do I circumvent this issue? Also is there a way to run SFC from safe mode as the system won't run in normal mode?
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You should have an option to use a third party driver for your mass storage device (your SATA drive).  You will need to first download the DOS level drivers for the SATA controller (usually included with Motherboard drivers if this is an onboard SATA controller) and place these drivers onto a floppy disk.  Then press F6 when prompted by the Windows XP setup to install a 3rd part mass storage driver.

You need to obtain the SATA drivers for your HDD, and get them on on a floppy disk (if you have an FDD??)

Once they're on there, when you boot the XP CD, there should be an option to press F6 or something to install additional drivers. Choose this option, insert the floppy, and install those drivers.

This should allow the RC to recognise the drive!

Let me know how it goes, good luck!
Top Expert 2009

You may need to press the function key F6 at the beginning of the setup process for running Recovery Console to install your SATA drivers in order to continue with that tool.  
An alternative to using the drivers from a floppy disk if you don't have a floppy drive like all three of my computers... Download and install nLiteOS and also download your SATA drivers.


You can create a new XP install (repair) disk with your SATA drivers slipstreamed on it. That way you do not need to press F6, and if you don't HAVE a floppy drive, this may be your only option.

A good article on slipstreaming using nLiteOS
Glad we were able to help you.

Once you try nLiteOS, you will love it. You can add all kinds of stuff... chipset drivers, SATA drivers, Service Packs, Desktop Themes, unattended install...


Thanks for the tip!

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