Help, trying to install new OS on custom built computer

By Galaxies54
May 17, 2009
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  1. Hello,

    I have built myself a computer, and had a friend put Windows LastXP on it, and it worked fine until I got a bunch of different viruses. I formatted my HD, which is a Seagate SATA harddrive, that's all I really know about it, I have a GIGABYTE
    S Series motherboard, and I think an Intel CPU, anyways I'm trying to put on my LastXP operating system, it loads the files, but when It finally says "setup is starting Windows" I get a screen saying "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer."

    If anyone knows anything or could help me, please do I would like to start using it instead of my laptop for a change. :) Thank-you
  2. davisjaron

    davisjaron TechSpot Member Posts: 79

    Does your bios show the hard drive is installed?
  3. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    I think the problem is that you're installing XP to a SATA hdd, and XP doesn't support SATA drives out of the box.There are several ways to deal with this, and tons of guides on the internet, just google for how to install windows xp to a SATA drive.

    Basically, you need to add drivers for your hdd before installation. You can slipstream them to your XP install cd (create a copy of your XP cd, adding the required drivers) or get the drivers from a floppy drive during installation.

    For slipstream, you might try one of these guides:
    http://paparadit.blogspot.com/2007/06/installing-sata-hard-drive-with-windows.html
    http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-39254-changing-vista-to-xp-pro

    If you happen to have a floppy drive, you can also read this:
    http://www.mysuperpc.com/build/pc_sata_install_windows_operating_system.shtml
    http://www.neoseeker.com/Hardware/faqs/kb/15,24.html

    Look for sata drivers for your motherboard here
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