installing laptop hard drive blue screen

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I am trying to replace the original 160GB HDD from a Toshiba Satellite L355-S7905 laptop computer with a Western Digital Blue Scorpio 360GB. I am installing XP Pro first as my Vista CD is an upgrade only. (She wants to keep Vista). When booting, the XP CD installs the drivers it normally does, but gives me the BSOD just after starting Windows message appears. The HDD is correctly installed and appears in BIOS correctly. I have had issues with SATA drives in the past and am wondering if I may be missing something obvious here? Do I need to slip in the Toshiba drivers into the XP CD first or is there something simpler I am missing?
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You may see if there is a driver to install when it asks, but typically it will tell you it cannot find the drive if that were the case. You might see if the SATA harddrive running in AHCI or ATA mode in the Bios typically you would be fine if you run ATA mode
Have you check in the Bios if your Sata controller is set to IDE mode? If so, you may be missing the Sata controller driver during the XP install when it asks "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver".

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/installxpnew1_3.htm
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You should be able to install the Vista upgrade directly without first installing XP. I'm not sure whether you'll just have to provide the XP Key or hold it in the CD drive so Vista can verify that you are eligible for the upgrade though.

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What is BSOD error?

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Thank you! I checked in BIOS and originally thought AHCI was the only option, but there was also a "compatibility" mode that seems to be working so far.

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I can install an upgrade first? Really?
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I've just checked how the upgrade should work without XP having to be installed:

But from the Vista Upgrade DVD and start the installation. When asked for the product code, DON'T enter it. You'll now have an installed 30 day trial of Vista. Now from within Vista start the installation again, but this time enter the product code. When asked whether this is an upgrade or a user defined installation, say User defined installation.

The advantage of installing that way is that you get a clean installation without any XP remains.
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Sorry, there was a typo above:

"But from the Vista Upgrade DVD" should read "Boot from the Vista Upgrade DVD".

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I got it, it is working. I appreciate that tip, that just saved me some time!

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no problem cavemanhands

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thanks for pointing me to the culprit, rsoly777, and rindi for that great tip!

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