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

By trigger753 · 204 replies
Dec 22, 2004
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,935   +3,987

  2. joelfcruz

    joelfcruz TS Rookie

    Hello D_LAN

    I'm trying to do the same vista/xp dual boot on my sony vaio xgn-fz140e. I was able to partition the disk to get it ready for xp but couldn't get passed the "hard disk not found" error when trying to install xp pro. I already have the ata/sata driver ready from:


    but don't have a floppy disk to load the drivers during xp install. Tried many of the tips in this thread but haven't ben successful yet.

  3. D_LAN

    D_LAN TS Rookie

    Joel I got it - This took me like 6 + hours to figure out but I did it.

    (note - I did all these things on a different computer that already has XP)

    Step 1 - Search google for a nLite, its an awesome program that allows you to make a custom XP install disk. (slipstream)

    Step 2 - Download drivers for the 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller ... I got them here http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/win/112633. The Sony website DOES NOT HAVE THEM...only an .exe for vista.

    Step 3 - Now you can start making the custom XP disk. First off put your normal xp disk in your PC, and open it using explore. Make a new folder on your desktop and copy every file from that CD into this new folder. Next you install the nLite program and open it. Hit the next button, and at the top you'll see a place for finding the windows install folder (the one you just made), so hit browse and point it there. Hit next to skip the next box. When you get to the part with the list of things you can do, select drivers and bootable ISO. After you click next, you'll need to insert the drivers you downloaded. (I had to unzip the drivers into another folder on the desktop) Im sure you can figure out how to point it to the correct driver...like I said its the 82801 HEM/HBM one for mobile ICH8M (and leave it in textmode - NOT PNP). Go through the rest of the steps, it'll make a bootable ISO image somewhere on your computer and then use your favorite CD burning program to make your custom XP disk.


    PS- Im using this guide for dual boot :

  4. joelfcruz

    joelfcruz TS Rookie

    Thank you D_LAN for sharing your solution. I will try it.

  5. Questi4110

    Questi4110 TS Rookie

    I'm also having the same problem that everyone else is having.

    I have a DELL Vostro 1500 (just got it). It came installed with Windows Vista and I did not want it with Vista so I decided to format and install XP instead.

    I followed the instructions stated here on changing to ATA from ACHI and the installation worked fine (without doing this it didn't detect a hard drive).

    However, after installtion, before booting into windows for the first time, I changed the settings back to ACHI and windows would not boot...I received the blue screen error that everyone is talking about.

    How exactly do I go about fixing this with ACHI. I do not have a floppy drive on this laptop so I can not put the RAID drivers on there to install during windows installation and without them I guess it does not work.

    Has anybody found a solution...perhaps using a USB jump drive???

  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,935   +3,987

    Now, I Have a Question of My Own.....

    As people have been saying XP won't run a SATA drive in native mode, ACHI. So run the drive as IDE. SATA 2 3Gbs is a terribly impressive spec, but it's just sales b******t. Any hard drive can't even write as fast as PATA can supply information. If you're not going to raid the drive, (and it's a notebook so it likely only has 1 drive, and possibly only 5400RPM). Why not run it as IDE and get on with your life? A good, good hard drive will put down (maybe) 60 MBs per sec. ATA 133 is 133 MBs per sec, more than double the ability of any drive to read and write
  7. Questi4110

    Questi4110 TS Rookie

    Ok, I figured out how to do it on a laptop/machine without a floppy drive.

    First, you download the drivers from your manufacturer. For me, I have a DELL Vostro 1500 so I downloaded the drivers from DELL (they are known as "Intel Matrix Storage Manager - Notebooks" for all laptops I believe). Make sure to extract the drivers to a folder for later use.

    Then, as mentioned previously in this post by the poster D_LAN, download the nLite program. By the way, thanks D_LAN for the post because without your information I would be stuck as well.

    Take your windows cd and put it into your drive.

    Start up nLite and open up the windows files that are located on your cd, when nLite prompts you to do so.

    On the next option, select to modify drivers and also select to make a bootable iso file.

    Under the next option, when it asks you to add drivers, direct it to the folder you unzipped the drivers to earlier and select all of them to be added (holding shift and selecting the first and last in a list will select all between as well).

    Finally, make an .iso file and name it whatever you want.

    Now you can burn the .iso file to cd/dvd using any cd/dvd burning program you have (nero, etc.). Make sure to open the burning program and hit "open" under file then open or just open somewhere. After hitting open, direct it to the ISO file and burn it.

    What nLite does is modify existing windows installation files to include anything you want (in this case drivers) or exclude anything you don't want so that they are accessible through CD to windows installation.

    Now, restart the computer and enable ACHI. Next, boot the computer with the new windows cd/dvd that you burnt in the drive. When it comes to the "press F6 to load SCSI....drivers" press F6 and then when it comes to the later screen that asks you to either insert a floppy in or hit enter, hit enter. Now it will obtain the drivers from the CD/DVD that your burnt and you will not need the floppy.

    Good Luck
  8. albedaran3951

    albedaran3951 TS Rookie

    I have the same problem,I am configuring a server Intel : SE7501BR2

    I am having the same problem, any input??
  9. papaalpha

    papaalpha TS Rookie

    Thank you

    Really do appreciate the help. Your solution worked perfectly. Thank you, tyleryoungblood. Good job.

  10. Jemmy23

    Jemmy23 TS Rookie

    Hi Everyone. I'm new to your website, not new to computers. I was working on my sons computer. It is a Dell Optiplex GX150. His computer shut down and came back with an error "disk read error" I found tyler's solution and I think it would work for this computer but when I enter under F2 I see a "Primary Drive" it is the Hard drive and set to auto. On Tyler's post

    "Select Drives:
    Make sure your Diskette Drive (3.5 floppy) is set properly (Usually set to Internal)
    Make sure that "Drive 0: SATA-0" drive is set to "ON"

    Go to "SATA Operation":



    I only see a "primary drive" I don't see anything "sata" and I don't find anywhere to change the sata operation to combination. I have gone through each item selection to make sure. What obvious step am I missing?
  11. sethsaad

    sethsaad TS Rookie


    Sir! I hav the same problem, please help me.. I hav a HP Compaq Pavillon D2000.. Im getting the same blue screen windows xp home edition error.. It says Hard Disk isnt installed.. the same error! and also i tried F6 also, but the thing is about the Floppy Disk, there is no floppy drive and i dont hav the support disk also! please help me anyone!
  12. gbrook

    gbrook TS Rookie

    me too

    A highly useful solution - I only lost 2 hours trying to figure it out myself until I thought to search it... I had noticed the bios setting but was scared off by the warning....

    Very much appreciated and it made me register for TechSpot!!!

  13. raxxkumar

    raxxkumar TS Rookie

    downgrade from windows vista to xp

    thanxs buddy, the solution provided for changing SATA config worked
  14. davidvb

    davidvb TS Rookie

    another thanks

    another thanks to tyleryoungblood for solving this and making it so i can find it by just searching in google! all i actually had to do was change from "AHCI" to "ATA" in my bios and all was good (and i have no floppy). i have an inspiron 1420 that came with ubuntu from dell. thanks again, you're my hero for the week.
  15. edddder

    edddder TS Rookie


    sir Tyler, i have the same problem with this, does this operation only for Dell? or it will also hold through to other computers?

    thanks for your time
  16. WiG

    WiG TS Rookie

    No IDE drives, while SATA's working

    It turned out that I was having a somewhat different problem than what most of people mentioned here, but hey! I am still going to post my solution :) Maybe it will help someone...

    Hardware: Dell Optiplex GX620. A SATA drive with Windows XP (boot); and an IDE DVD-ROM (Toshiba).

    Symptoms: IDE devices are not detected AT ALL. (Neither DVD loaders nor other IDE HDDs). Everything looks fine in BIOS and in Device manager: IDE controller is there, but the drives/loaders are not detected in either.

    Solution: There is a Maintenance->Load Defaults option in my machine's BIOS. Use it and then reboot the system. Besides the obvious part of resetting all BIOS settings, it actually forces reconfiguration of the IDE controller. After that my IDE devices were detected.
  17. njthomas

    njthomas TS Rookie

    great man. this thread really worked for me....
  18. brethrap

    brethrap TS Rookie

    broken link???

    Hi guys! I have been having a torrid time trying to solve the same problem. I have tried to download the AHCI.zip file with the drivers but the link seems to be broken as Winrar throws errors on extraction. Anyone still with the drivers?
  19. my93gp

    my93gp TS Rookie

    I am having a similary issue when trying to run setup. I have an XPS systems about 2 year old running XP Pro. The problem i am having with the original post to CHANGE THE SATA OPERATION SETTING TO "COMBINATION" is that I either do not have this option or cannot find it. The options on my SATA drives (1 partitioned to 2) are OFF, ON, RAID On. This is a RAID device so when I select ON i get the following; "Error Loading operating system". If i run from the CD when i get to through to the Setup Screen I again get the message about no hard disk drives installed on my computer.
  20. slyguy700

    slyguy700 TS Rookie

    Hey, I have a Compaq, I had xp media on it. It ran out of trial (i lost key) I got a hold of xp Pro, and i want to install it, when i go to install from disc, it gives me
    "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system"
    So i go into bios, im running Phoenixbios first of all, no floppy drive so i cant get RAID, can anyone help me figure out how to fix this?
  21. heikeg

    heikeg TS Rookie

    I have the same problem with my daughters Dell Inspiron 1501 got it last year Christmas now out of now where the Hard drive makes noises it sounds like a cd is running and when i go to Bios i do not see SATA every time i turn the computer on it takes about 2 minutes before anything shows up for me to hit F2 or F12 and after that again about 2 minutes so when i get in to Bios in Main where is says Fixed Disk there it says NONE when i try to go to advance or security the computer freeze up on me and i can do nothing else. i do not have a Floppy Drive. If someone could help would be nice.
    Here are the info on the Laptop.
    Dell Inspiron 1501
    Windows Xp Home Edition SP2
    Thank You for your help
  22. robertr

    robertr TS Rookie

    Instructions for Dell Inspiron 1720

    Hey all,

    Some modifications for use on the Dell Inspiron 1720 to place XP on it.

    In BIOS, under OnBoard Devices:
    1. Modify the Flush Cache Module to say "Disabled"
    2. Modify the SATA Operation from "AHCI" to "ATA"
    3. Reboot with your XP CD.

    It will now see all the drives and allow you to install XP on it.
  23. novaeworld

    novaeworld TS Rookie


    Man You are my Hero "tyleryoungblood" , been so helpful bro

    BTW It been hard last night today it's a wide smile on my face

    thx again bro
  24. gssumcat

    gssumcat TS Rookie

    Dell PowerEdge 840??

    Hi all,
    I'm have the same error:
    "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on you computer"
    on my Dell PowerEdge 840

    The BIOS options are different that what's been posted previously.
    Is set the
    Diskette Drive A: to 3.5 inch.... from 'NOT INSTALLED'
    SATA Controller: to ATA from OFF but I still can't get this to work...
    SATA Port 0: AUTO
    SATA Port 1: AUTO

    I'm trying to reinstall MS SBS 2003

    Any Ideas??

    Please help
  25. moosechic

    moosechic TS Rookie

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

    we have the same problem, but the fix that we tried that is listed here as put us deeper in a hole. our system is a dell8400 and it now will not even see the cd-rom drive when we boot. it sees is in the setup/cmos, but we just get a blinking cursor when we try to boot to the installation cd.

    we tried setting it back to the original defaults it was at before, and it still doesn't see the cdrom drive.

    any ideas what to do from here? we are just baffled...

    obviously we have no floppy drive, so no way to get new drivers on???

    any information would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you.

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