WD Sata drive won't boot XP SP2 on A8N5X

By Tocapet
Aug 11, 2008
  1. I'm trying to get this Western Digital WD3200 Sata drive to boot XP. No matter how I install it, it gives me an error message on bootup. I have tried the F6 install but it won't accept any drivers. I can see the drive in BIOS and in Windows if I boot from an IDE drive. This is an ASUS A8N5X mobo with the Nvidia chipset. I have dled all kinds of drivers, but nothing works. All the websites tell me I shouldn't need a driver if I'm not running RAID. Is this an Nvidia problem or what?

    I tried ghosting the image from the IDE after installing a RAID driver, but still won't boot from the SATA.

    Any ideas?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    There was a HardDrive from Western Digital that I could not get Windows to load on
    Sadly it was when I didn't care to write down the WD model or Motherboard model

    But if all else fails, try another HardDrive Brand (which I did after about 2 days on it!)
  3. Tocapet

    Tocapet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Windows installs just fine, but just won't boot. Something is missing here.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  5. Tocapet

    Tocapet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, guys, here's the bottom line:
    You DON'T NEED to hit F6 and install any SATA driver if you are only running ONE SATA drive! You DO have to do a CLEAN install of WinXP and FORMAT the drive as part of the installation process. Ghosting the installation from an IDE drive won't work, even if you try to do a repair install afterwards. Just do a format and clean install and forget it. It works.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    On that computer maybe not
    But on some others, Yes
    It really depends on what drivers are available to download from the manufacture's support page, and what Bios revision that you are on.

    Obviously your computer did not need any Sata Drivers

    Unless you do a clean Format and re-install it would seem
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