Laptop SATA HDD problems

By Rotary
Sep 28, 2006
  1. Hi.... I encountered the next problem with my laptop: When booting from the Windows XP cd it says it can't find any hard drives, I've read on the forum about the same problem, and I understood that I need SATA Drivers.... ok, but my laptop doesn't have a floppy drive so I cannot use a floppy to load those dirvers... so I don't really know what to do.... If you have any suggestions, ideeas, or if you jnow how to get pass this issues please tell me.

  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    There should have been a drivers cd with it, the driver should be on that.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    There's only two solutions.

    1. Use a USB floppy drive. USB thumbdrives typically do not work, unless you can set USB storage floppy emulation in the BIOS.
    2. Rebuild your Windows XP install disc and slipstream SATA drivers. The easiest way is using n-lite.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Don't SATA drives require SCSI being set in the bios as well as with setting a SATA drive as the boot drive? In XP no additional SATA drivers are usually needed
  5. Rotary

    Rotary TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, I used a similar program to n-lite.... and eventualy it worked... after a day or so :)).... thanks again
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