Cant see hard drive

Posted on 2009-02-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am trying to re load XP onto a hard drive that was corrupted.  Windows does not see any disks in the computer.  It is a SATA disk, and I am wondering if there is a specific driver that I need to load before Windows.  If so what is it and where do I get it.  Thanks
Question by:PC4N6
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    Yes, you have to install SATA drivers on some older motherboards
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    I'm sorry, my first comment wasn't very detailed.
    The possibilities are that a) you need to install SATA drivers (in which case it would be helpfull to know why) motherbouard do you have) and b) the hard drive is broken and therefore cannot be detected.

    And also, this problem occurs during Windows setup, right?
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    helpfull to know what motherboard do you have)*
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    The drive works fine, as I can put it in another computer and view its contents and recover data.  I want to do a clean install of Windows and reformat the drive.   It is whatever motherboard Dell puts in its XPS 200.  What driver should I look for on their site?  SATA or Motherboard?
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    You are looking for a Hard Drive Controller driver.  I would suggest you download nLite and ALL the drivers for your system and then slipstream the drivers into a new install CD along with a current service pack.  

    Another thing you can try - check the BIOS for a "legacy" type setting or an "operating mode" type setting (may be named something similar to those) that essentially says the hard drive controller should operate as an type of controller that will let XP setup see it.

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