"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer " problem while installing XP

So as my title suggests I am having a problem installing XP. I have a HP Compaq nx6310 notebook PC. I searched the net and came to know that I needed SATA driver . As I dont have a floppy drive, I tried the other way in which you can create windows installation package using nlite but  at one step while doing this  I need to  select the driver. The problem is I only have an exe and whenever I try to execute, it asks for a floppy drive.  Any idea on this? How should I go about installing XP?

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Probably this just means you have SATA disk plugged in. During installation there is a moment when windows displays at the bottom of the page information about sata drives. It asks you to press something (don't recall which key it is) if you want to install your drivers.. In case of SATA drives normally one needs to do that in order for disk to be seen...
Do you have another PC with a floppy drive???
If yes, use it to create the custom XP CD.
If no you can try using a virtual floppy drive by trying out this program :
Also check in your BIOS and see if the SATA drive can be set to IDE mode, on HP laptops the BIOS allows you to do this, by default it is set to AHCI.
This should save you the hassle of installing drivers and will automatically allow the drive to be detected by the XP installation

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The problem is most likely your SATA drivers. You will have the use the F6 option when you start the install and have a floppy drive with your drivers for the card on it. If you do not have a floppy drive you have another option. You can slipstream drives onto a custom Windows XP Disk. You can find a great guide for how to slipstream a XP CD here:
The details about adding the drivers can be found here:
I hope this helps. Good luck.
Sid123Author Commented:
I checked out my BIOS and the SATA native mode is enabled. I am planning to disable it and do the setup.  Do you think this is okay?

Thanks a bundle
Yes, that should be okay. Just do not re enable it or you will not be able to boot into windows.
Good luck.
Sid123Author Commented:
:) thanks
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