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

By trigger753 ยท 204 replies
Dec 22, 2004
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  1. jeepmann

    jeepmann TS Rookie

    I am having the same problem although I don't have the same options on SATA Operation. The only options I have are ON or OFF.

    In case it matters I have a PowerEdge SC1420 that had Windows Server 2003 on it and I am trying to install Windows XP Pro instead.
  2. jeepmann

    jeepmann TS Rookie

    anyone? I still can't figure this out
  3. jeepmann

    jeepmann TS Rookie

    Need Help Installing XP Pro

    I have a Dell PowerEdge SC1420 with 3 Maxtor 74GB drives.

    Right now the drives have been formatted and setup as RAID 5. When I try to install XP Pro I get a message that "Setup did not find any hard disk drive installed on your computer". Do I need to install 3rd party SATA drivers? If so I can't figure out which ones. I have searched the archives but nothing that I have read so far as worked.
  4. Rick

    Rick TS Evangelist Posts: 4,512   +65

    Yes, you'll likely need drivers. When you first beging the XP pre-install, it prompts you to "Press F6 to install 3rd party RAID drivers". You'll need to indeed press F6 and have your SCSI / SATA drivers on a floppy diskette.

    To determine what drivers you need, you'll need to find out what controller you have. Your controller should have its own BIOS screen, which should list its model. Your RAID controller's BIOS screen should appear after your server's system BIOS screen.

    I'm unsure what the PowerEdge SC1420 comes with by default and I'm sure it is customizable... But http://support.dell.com should list all of the drivers for all of the possible factory-installed options.
  5. Spotta

    Spotta TS Rookie

    Top post, being trying to install WinXP on a Dimension 5150c for the last 90 mins!

    This tip worked a treat.

  6. bear1234

    bear1234 TS Rookie

    u r great

    i have fought with 2 seperate sata drives for this dell and have always had problems. i did exactly what u said in the bios and hot damn it worked. windows installed instead of giving the no hd available error. if your still around. have u had any problems dual booting linux on the dell with a sata. thats what im doing next. thanks bro.
  7. Zurab

    Zurab TS Rookie

    You're a Genuis at 2.22 am

    Thank you! It worked. I've been messing with this nonsense for a week now, and just found this posting... I registered say I really appreciate the help!! I also have a dell 8400, and knew if I called tech support, they would send me to india, and be of absolutly no help.
  8. ace4ever86

    ace4ever86 TS Rookie

    HI ALL,

    Im in big trouble. I was going to format my hard drive of my notebook (alienware notebook if that matters) when i discovered that my system did not recognize it. This is really weird because i was using it a year now and it was working fine. The message i get is this "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system".

    Please help me. The hard drive i have is a Hitachi travelstar 7k60.
    I have tried updating the drivers of the drive but nothing. I also tried to figure out what to do through the bios but didnt manage to do anything.I am really desperate now.
  9. nay2in

    nay2in TS Rookie


    I had the same problem and changed the settings in the system now its ok
    thankx to everybody
  10. ace4ever86

    ace4ever86 TS Rookie

    what settings should i change?? my bios is a bit different so i don't quite get it....
  11. techie_newbie89

    techie_newbie89 TS Rookie

    similar problem, slightly different, please help!

    Hi there, my first post and I really need some help. Was doing a clean install of Windows XP, deleted all partitions and it started to install. Then it started displaying a message that it couldn't install a particular file, so I skipped it but it said the same for every file. I quit the setup and went to start again but now whatever I select in setup, it displays "Setup did not find any installed hard drives on your system." Now I cant get computer past initial screen as it requests that I put in the CD before I can do anything.

    Computer is from about 2001 - 2002 and it isnt a dell, in case that helps.

    All help much, much appreciated
  12. ldreisinger

    ldreisinger TS Rookie

    no floppy in Compaq notebook to use F6

    I have read many posts in this thread and searched several ways with no luck. I am trying to load the OEM SATA driver when using F6 at XP Pro setup but I do not have a floppy drive in the Compaq notebook. I have the controller but don't know how to make it available to setup. This all starts with the familiar error message. "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system"

    I see mention of no floppy drive but can't locate the workaround.

    Thank You for help or a link to the thread that help.

  13. ldreisinger

    ldreisinger TS Rookie

    can't find hard drive fix

    I came across an easy fix for this. In the bios disable the setting for SATA support. XP will then detect the hard drive and install normally.
  14. jasonabc

    jasonabc TS Rookie

    Tyler - I have to add my thanks to the many on here too. Your info saved my sanity. I had a big hard drive failure last week. Just bought a new Raptor and couldn't get BIOS to recognise the drive. Was absolutely lost but after I found your post and it worked like a charm - my new drive is being formatted as I type ;-)

    I wanted to register to post a note of thanks for posting this info and greatly helping out me (and many others) where Dell could not!

  15. Web Catz

    Web Catz TS Rookie

    Again - many thanks - your sensible suggestion saved us a whole night of hassle with a Compaq laptop.
    Thank you
  16. Hiei

    Hiei TS Rookie

    Hello! I do not currently own a dell computer, but I had a friend who made me one. At this moment I keep getting the "cannot find any hard drives" in the windows xp setup. My hard drive is a Seagate ST3250824AS 250 GB hard drive, and diskwriter does not work.

    I looked for a SATA option in the BIOS, but I cannot find one. The only SATA option I can find is the one with the options of IDE and RAID. It was default set to RAID.

    My other hard drive I installed to this comuter (maxtor) worked perfectly a year ago. I do not know how to solve this problem!

    Please help me!
  17. jefftexas

    jefftexas TS Rookie

    Thank you so much

    Thank you tyleryoungblood for your help, it worked on mine as well.

    Have a good one, Jeff
  18. moconnell

    moconnell TS Rookie

    worked for me too

    on a HP workstation xw4300..cheers tyleryoungblood
  19. Brundlefly7

    Brundlefly7 TS Rookie

    Dell 8400 won't see 250G Western Dig SATA Hard Drive

    All hail tyleryoungblood! I actually joined this site just to say THANK YOU! I have a neighbor's Dell with a hard drive that code 7ed.... He brought me a new hard drive to install and damn if I didn't fight and fight to get it to see the hard drive. It wasn't until I stumbled upon this forum that I found the solution. If anyone is having this issue with Dell not finding SATA drives. Do what Tyleryoungblood did! I was ready to hang myself! Bravo Tyler!
  20. Brundlefly7

    Brundlefly7 TS Rookie

    Worked fine but...

    I have an issue still... I still can't get windows to boot normally. It boots to 2 options F1 to continue (which when chosen will boot just fine) and F2 for setup. Occaisionally I will get an options list where I have to choose safe mode or last known good etc etc... ALL I WANT is for Windows to boot NORMALLY. How do I set it to bypass the ANNOYING screen and boot directly into windows? I have fast or quick boot enabled in the BIOS. I have never in my life had such trouble adding a hard drive and installing an operating system EVER. Dell blows! Between the SATA drivers issue and the fact that the OEM cd doesn't give you the Ethernet Controller driver..... What a mess!

    I used the combined mode and switched back to ATA (As Dell suggests) But still can't get it to boot normally. Whine whine whine! Am I missing a BIOS Option of some kind?
  21. Launchpad

    Launchpad TS Rookie

    Hi. I'm having the same problem as in the original post of this thread. However, I'm running a Compaq Presario C301NR, and I don't think my drives are the same as yours. I took some photos. Hopefully someone can tell me which drives' settings I must change in order to erase the current partition, and create a new one. Thanks.






  22. pcg8w2l

    pcg8w2l TS Rookie

    I have the same problem with my Sony Vaio PCG-8W2L (VGN-AR230G in bios), it's a big one 17", maybe someone saw it before...

    WINXP setup error message: setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. this may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

    PCG-8W2L (VGN-AR230G in bios) has no floppy and BIOS SATA Settings also, HDD: Fujitsu MHV2200BT, I did not touch any notebook parts. It just wont let me install windows xp eng sp2 from DOS, if somebody could help me to solve this unusual problem, I would be very happy!
  23. Thank You for this post, i called and HP and they said we dont support it. If i didnt find this on the net i would of had to return this.

    something as simple as changing a bios setting and they wouldnt tell me lol
  24. pcg8w2l

    pcg8w2l TS Rookie

    It's done.

    I resolved my problem by installing new version of windows xp on The Reanimator Cd from www.philka.ru, there was SATA driver package. If someone need that winxp, please email me I will give you url to download it.
  25. Bob Boikin

    Bob Boikin TS Rookie

    Thanks Tyler

    Your answer continues to please into 2007. I wasted 2 days with Intel SATA drivers before I read your answer. Made me register to reply.
    Thanks again

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