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datxsaw 12-07-2007 05:22 AM

XP not installing in NTFS partition on Vista PC
XP not installing in NTFS partition: On a brand new Compaq Presario with Vista Basic, I created 2 30 GB partitions, 1 that has Vista, & another to install XP. I formatted the XP partition NTFS. Every time I boot from the XP CD, it says that no HDD could be found; it never goes any further.

kilmako 12-07-2007 11:10 AM

Check the BIOS for the hard disk access mode. Vista sets it to use AHCI mode. Change to IDE mode and runt he XP install again.

If you have a SATA drive then you need to got through F6 process.

Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy (F6) - No Windows on SATA? Wrong! - Softpedia

datxsaw 12-07-2007 03:44 PM

XP not installing in NTFS partition on Vista PC
Thanks! It does have SATA HDD. Never had any trouble installing XP on SATA drives before. I did look at BIOS settings, but there aren't many...

h4x0r2986 12-07-2007 05:36 PM

yah im totallyh having the same issue, the partition and all worked fine and i renamed the drive letters and names etc, yet it never asks me which partition to load XP onto... hmm gotta figure out what this f6 craps all about

h4x0r2986 12-07-2007 06:02 PM

where are you guys getting the driver for the sata controller? I have an hp dv2660se and i cant find it on the hp website! Maybe a link would be helpful?

datxsaw 12-08-2007 03:45 PM

Driver from HP website
I have a refurb'ed Compaq Presario, which is a HP product. HP's tech' support is utterly deplorable: They've been of no help whatsoever! All they told me is that, if I ever succeed in dual-booting with XP or install XP, my warranty would be automatically voided. If anyone finds-out where to get that SATA driver, I'd greatly appreciate if they'd let me know!:confused:

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