Posted on 2012-08-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-23
Hi all

Acer aspire desktop iam installing a used harddisk when i start to load xp where it comes to
the point choose the hdd its not shown its says that it not properly connected. which it is.
Question by:davy999
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    goto the BIOS and change the SATA Mode to Native/IDE


    Download the SATA Drivers and press F6 to install additional drivers while setting up the windows XP

    But to do this u need to have a Floppy disk in the desktop or external USB Floppy drive

    First method is easy,
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    XP pre SP2 did not have SATA drivers.
    Use Slipstream to create a Windows install disk with SP2 slipstreamed and that will resolve your problem.
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    if it says "its says that it not properly connected" that means that it sees the disk drive
    what drive model is it? did you connect the power and sata(or IDE) cable?
    you cna also use another power or sata connector
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    by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
    If you go to the BOIS, under HDD can you see the drive listed there?
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    As you are trying to install a used hdd ,check ur hard disk IDE cable whether the IDE cable is connected properly or not and moreover check hdd jumper settings and move jumper to primary in order to detect hdd when installing OS on Hdd.Mostly this issue comes across due to Jumper settings on Hdd.check jumper settings and save changes and reboot ur system.
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    you should post a bit more info :
    what disk model is it?
    does it show in the bios?

    you said that you installed it in Acer aspire desktop  - which one?  and how big was the old disk? (it can be a bios problem also)

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