XP reinstallation gone wrong

By noddlesoup
Aug 20, 2006
  1. I have a Dell 8400 and tried to do a XP clean slate reinstallation on it and the only way that I could reinstall XP was in the COMBO mode. The other 3 modes would tell me that they couldn't detect my hard drive.
    Now I cann't boot from the hard drive, whether its first in sequence or not, and there is a magic D: drive with what appears to be the original settings that I wanted to replace.
    The computer is set-up as follows:
    BIOS A09
    The initial splash screen says that the hard drives are there.
    Boot Sequence:
    1. Onboard or USB CD-Rom Drive
    Onboard SATA Hard Drive
    2. Onboard or USB Floppy Disk
    3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive (Not Present)
    Add-in Hard Drive (Not Present)
    Diskette Drive
    Drive 0: SATA-0 enabled
    Drive 1: SATA-1 enabled
    Drive 2: SATA-2 enabled
    Drive 3: SATA-3 enabled
    Drive 4: PATA-0 enabled
    Drive 5: PATA-1 Enabled
    SATA Operation: Combination
    As I previously stated, if I reset the SATA operation to RAID AUTODETECT/AHCI, RAID AUTODETECT/ATA, or RAID and try to reboot, I get a message that NTLDR is missing and try to reboot.
    The partition section says the following:
    131070 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on Bus 0 on ATAPI [MBR]
    -:partition 1 [FAT] 55MB(47 Free)
    c:partition 2 [NTFS] 152523MB(152454 Free)
    131070 MB Disk 0 at Id1 on Bus 0 on ATAPI [MBR]
    -: Partition 1 [FAT] 55MB(47 Free)
    d: Partition 2 [NTFS] 152531MB(142033 Free)

    What I want to do is get rid of the d Drive and the information contained within as I'm afraid it might migrate to the c Drive (there is also some registry
    and virus issues there), be able to boot from the hard drive and use the
    RAID AUTODETECT/ATA configuration.
    Anybody got some good sugestions?
    A newbie going crazy in Portland
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    Are you pressing F6 during Windows Installation to install the Raid/SATA drivers?
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