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Old 03-05-2009, 08:01 PM
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Default XP Fails to install

I have Vista Premium already installed and while intalling XP Home as a Dual Boot the XP install fails saying it cannot find the Hard Drive. This happens in a Blue screen after seeing: Setup will now start Windows and before Product key and before partition options appear. I have a 10 gig empty partition formatted as NTFS logigal drive. Please help.
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This is normal. Your computer is using a SATA or RAID controller for the Hard drive configuration.

Windows XP does not recognize the SATA controller and as such you will need to install the drivers for the SATA controller. Visit the manufacturer's website and under support > drivers > your model of computer you will find a download section that will have the harddrisc controller drivers there. They will have to be downloaded and prepared for installation as a Boot CD or Boot Floppy. The directions for wich is there with the download.

Once you have the driver (XP version) prepared for installation then Boot to the xp installation cd and shortly after the boot to CD prompt come up there will be another prompt about installing scsi or 3rd party drivers use F6 key. Press the F6 key at that time and be prepared to insert the driver disc or floppy to install the drivers. Once installed then set-up will continue as it should!

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Old 03-06-2009, 10:49 AM
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Default Thanks for the advice.

lurkswithin--you are brilliant. This information should be more accessible to anyone with a RAID or SATA controller. I am sure there are others out there with the same problem. Thanks again for the information. It's a releif there is nothing wrong with my laptop or that I made a mistake.

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