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4 Unknown Disks- Rebulid of Sony Vaio VGC-RC110G Desktop

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I am rebuilding a Sony Vaio VGC-RC110G Desktop. Once i get to the point where i can create/delte partitions (booting from an XP PRO CD) it gives me 4 messages saying Unknown Disk (There is not disk in this Drive.) I have determined that those are the Media Readers attached to the pc. BUT, i do not see the primary drive AT ALL. SATA 250GB. Any ideas?
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When rebuilding you would be best off detatching the cable from the Card Reader to the motherboard so that it doesn't set your C: drive to one of those ports.  When you've disconnected it and boot into windows setup you will need to tap f6 at the start to load your SATA drivers.  You can get your SATA floppy disk creator from Sony's download page here:
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=VGCRC110G&LOC=3
Here is a direct link to the RAID drivers.  They are on the main page under security type intel RAID drivers.
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=VGCRC110G&upd_id=2003&os_id=16
When setup gets to the screen you will want to hit the fkey to select your raid driver insert your newly created floppy diskette and select the XP RAID Driver.  Then click enter and follow the normal steps and you should see the hard drive now.  Good Luck HTH.
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oops.   When you startup the computer booting into the XP setup and press f6 instead of hitting an fkey to select your RAID driver you will hit the s key to specify.  Sorry for the confusion I remembered wrong.  Good Luck.
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Thanks for the quick response. I will do what you suggested right now and let you know what happens. Thanks again.
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Well, after all that, i realize there is no floppy in this machine. Can i load the RAID drivers from a CD or USB drive?
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The easiest thing to do would be to temporarily steal the floppy drive and cable out of another tower and use it in this tower just long enough to get the windows setup done.  If you don't have any floppy drives to use then you can follow the steps here but it is a long process and will be much more time consuming.  
http://forum.uabit.com/showthread.php?t=50290

Good Luck HTH.
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I used my laptop floppy and used the USB and it worked. Everything is installing and working now. Thanks for the help.
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You're welcome glad I could help you out.
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I spoke to soon.. Its getting to a point after the files are lodaed for the OS and asking for the Inten Matirx Storage Manager Driver disk. I have created that disk but when I press ENTER to proceed, nothing is happning. It seems that the A Drive is not responding at all. It loads the SATA drivers at the beginning just fine but when it gets to this point, nothing.. Have you seen that before?
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I believe it's happening because you're using a usb floppy drive instead of an internal floppy drive.  The only other thing it could be is that the floppy has bad sectors/blocks on it.  You could try and make a new floppy diskette or you could try installing an internal floppy.
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I created a new disk, thinking along the same lines as you are, but that did not work. I will try an internal drive and see if that helps.. NOW, i just have to find an internal drive.. Haha..
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adding the internal floppy worked. Does not make a lot of sense for the pc to loose communications with the usb floppy at that point of the install though. Ohh well, its working and the OS is installing now. Thanks again for the help..
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I'm glad it worked.  I believe it is because it replaces the usb drivers during that part of the install as well.  Hope everything else goes well.
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