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Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system

By tomd741
Apr 11, 2008
  1. Specs:
    Compaq Presario C350EA
    It has NO floppy disk drive

    The problem - I installed Fedora 8 (linux) about a week ago, after trying to get my wireless to work, i decided to go back to windows.
    I booted from the CD and installed XP. When i started the computer, it would not go past the XP loading screen instead it flashed blue screen and reseted and kept looping.
    So, i booted from Darik's Boot and Nuke and did the automatic wipe.
    Now the problem is that whenever i insert the XP CD i get the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system" and therefore can't install.

    I have been reading up on this topic and it seems that to get the XP CD to install you have to install some sort of driver from a floppy disk during the XP installation... The fact of the matter is, im out of my comfort zone!

    Any help would be appreciated
    Thanks
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    You probably need to provide SATA drivers during the initial setup stages. Try that or configure your SATA HDD to run as an ATA or "IDE" device in the BIOS.
     
  3. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    The doesnt appear to be an option to do this in the bios
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    ...Okay, then you'll need to provide the SATA drivers during the initial stages of setup. Here is a quick guide found via search.yahoo.com.
     
  5. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Cheers i'll read through now and post updates
     
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    :) Good luck!
     
  7. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    The feeling im getting is that im going to have to buy an external floppy disk drive
     
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    Well, no, not necessarily. You can "slipstream" the drivers into your XP CD.
     
  9. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    sounds very complicated :O
    no worries though, i just tried an XP pro installation disk and it seems to be installing fine - it recognised the HD, i partioned off 80gigs and formatted using the XP pro installer.
    Not quite sure why the other disk didnt work and this one did :S oh well, computers cant live with them cant live without them!
    Thanks for the help, i'll bear it in mind for the future
     
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    ;) You're welcome. It's not as complicated as it seems. Check out a program called nLite the next time you're bored.
     
  11. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    im back :(

    Right this is becoming a pain now!

    I managed to install XP pro but i had the same problem as i had previosly of it blue screening during start up.

    Sooo now ive used nLite to slipstream the HD driver into my original XP CD! It seems to have worked, meaning that it now recognises the HD.
    So im formatting a partion of the HD prior to installing widows on it.

    Im slowly moving up the learning curve i think :)
     
     
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    ..Happen to be a pirated copy of Windows?
     
  13. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Nope it was from the restore disk that came with my wife's laptop
     
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    Might not of been able to activate it with her OEM product key anyhow. That would of been quite the let down eh? :)
     
  15. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Don't the restore disks work on any PC though?
     
  16. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    They'll usually "work" in the sense that you can install Windows just fine, sure. When it comes time to activate that OEM key of hers though, you probably won't be able to.

    *Edit*

    I'm only referring to CDs that come with PCs other than the one you're attempting to use it on, so there is no confusion. For instance you have two computers, PC 1 and PC 2 (which are totally different models). You generally cannot use the OEM CD key from PC 1 on PC 2 and vice versa.
     
  17. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    ok i see, so once i have installed it i will most probably have to buy a new OEM key from windows?
     
  18. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    I'm not Microsoft so I can't really answer that, however, you won't be purchasing an "OEM" key, no. You can read about License types here.
     
  19. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    right so its attached to the computer basically, god i need to work on my computer knowledge in this new age :SS
     
  20. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    OK, my final post hopefully!
    Windows installed sucessfully and works!
    I just need to buy a copy of it now so it stays active.
    Thanks for the help Zenosincks
     
  21. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    I've seen some people claim to have been able to use their XP CD's from eMachines etc on other PCs. Personally, I haven't had any such luck with using an OEM key on other PCs.

    There are known methods of working around it, however, they're both illegal and not supported by this community.
     
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