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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. roban

    roban TS Rookie

    I had the same problem with a client's Dell XPS trying to install Windows from their resource CD. What I had to discover was that the SATA drivers on the CD were bad. I was able to boot with a USB floppy and the correct drivers. After that it was down hill. The point is that you can't take anything for granted with these installations. Thankfully there are forums like this one to help.
  2. heneka

    heneka TS Rookie

    I don't have dell hard disk ... I have Samsung 80gb and I have same problem... how can I solve that? 'cause I can't find setups from tyler's post.. :( PLEASE SOMEONE HELP MEE !!!!!!! :((
  3. wbakr

    wbakr TS Rookie


    Another registration to say thanks to Tyler. I had the same error on a compaq nx7400 so I simply accessed the machine's bios setup, found where SATA was mentioned and, since there were two choices, selected the "other" setting and boom, now setup sees my hard drive.
  4. chuckd

    chuckd TS Rookie

    And another registration to say thanks. Had the problem on a Dell Dimension 8400 after installing Ubuntu. Thanks, Tyler.
  5. xorgate

    xorgate TS Rookie

    Worked flawlessly

    Thanks man, I've used this tip on two laptops now that had this issue. Great advice!

  6. tyleryoungblood

    tyleryoungblood TS Rookie

    Thanks for all the "Thank You" Messages

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I truly appreciate all the people who have logged in (and in some cases created an account) just to thank me for a solution that I posted back in 2005.

    It's really cool to see how many people this one tip has helped.

    In fact, this single post from so long ago gave me the idea to create a Tip-based website about blogging in WordPress. I figured if this one tip about a Dell computer could help so many people, how helpful would a website full of tips be?

    Anyway, it's been truly rewarding to stop back by this site every few months to see how many more people have been helped. It's also been very cool to see so many others step up and help answer questions in my absence (like Scudder above).

    Happy Holidays everyone! And good luck with your Dell computers!

    Tyler Youngblood
    Seattle, WA

    Current Projects:
  7. zixi

    zixi TS Rookie

    I just want to add my thanks. Thank you for your advice on getting the hard drive recognised. You saved me a lot of money and more importantly perhaps the loss of my dead father's emails. I somehow doubt you'll ever see how many people are grateful for that thread but...

    Thank you!
  8. tyleryoungblood

    tyleryoungblood TS Rookie

    Hi Zixi,

    I am touched by your message. Having recently lost a loved one, I know what you're going through and I hope those e-mails will provide you with some much needed comfort. Thank you for taking the time to log in and reply.

    Tyler Youngblood
    Seattle, WA

    Current Projects:
  9. dernoma

    dernoma TS Rookie


    Finding this thread was a miracle!

    I took my old dell xps out of storage and decided to hook it up...after wasting almost all of new years day trying to reinstall xp I found this!!!!

    Thank You!
  10. tyleryoungblood

    tyleryoungblood TS Rookie

    Glad we could help, Happy New Year!

    Tyler Youngblood
    Seattle, WA

    Current Projects:
  11. birch65

    birch65 TS Rookie

    Fix: Setup did not find any hard disk drives

    Ok, I've had this problem twice in the last few years, and aside from trying all of the obvious things like checking cords and what not; it turned out to be the same thing both times.

    My power core was failing. Probably because I don't clean it often enough.
    (I'm told it should be blown out every 6 months, every 3 months if you have pets and I do..)
    I went into bios by hitting Delete as it was booting, and when I tabbed to 'power' my power core was displaying in red, and showing that is was running at less than capacity. So, without adequate power, the discs became invisible to the system.

    I bought a new $38 power core, had the tech at the store install it, and it worked perfectly after that.

    According to the tech I spoke with at my computer store, another reason he's seen is that the type of HDD detection in BIOS somehow gets changed (if you reset BIOS to default, or maybe it just glitches) so, check and see if its using "RAID" or "NATIVE" or if its disabled.
    Change it to "Native" and apparently, that may fix it.

  12. pacificNW

    pacificNW TS Rookie

    I have been beating my head against a brick wall for a few days. I was able to rescue the files off the hard drive by using an adapter and then thought I could just reinstall the OS. Nope! Until I found this post I could not do anything even though I performed an Fdisk and tried a fresh install it still would not see the HD. I disabled the SATA drive Compaq 6710b; the only option is to disable/enable on this machine. Once I did that boom! I am in and reinstalling the OS. You are awesome! Thank you!
  13. MaxUdi

    MaxUdi TS Rookie

    Thanks Tyler

    Had a similar issue with my IBM Lenovo x300 and the fix suggested by Tyler has worked like a charm.... Thank you youngblood!! :)
  14. jkieran

    jkieran TS Rookie

    It still works...!!!

    Thanks for the great tip, Tyler!

    I am reformatting and re-installing Windows XP Pro on my old (circa 2004) Dell Dimension 8400 so my kids can use it. The Windows Setup program started fine, but did not recognize my SATA drive (although it was enabled in BIOS).

    Finding your tip taught me a little lesson, too. I usually start with the newest tips I find in Google, but this time I went with yours first and it worked right away.

    What a refreshing experience! By contrast, I just spent about an hour trying to figure out a work-around for a different problem with the Windows Setup.

    (FYI here's my own tip: BIOS recognized my Dell wireless keyboard but the Windows Setup program did not. Several tipsters suggested it was a USB problem. However, my USB was enabled in the BIOS and it still was not working.
    Ultimately, I plugged the receiver for my wireless keyboard (USB) into the PS/2 keyboard plug-in, using the Dell-provided USB to PS/2 adaptor, and it worked.)

    So, in sum, Tyler, after a LOT of frustration solving one problem, I solved a second problem in just seconds with your tip. It's still usefull, all these years later!


    MUSTANGGUYT214 TS Rookie


    I tried all the steps in the setup and my dell still can't find my hard drive. Dell really isn't no help at all. What else can i do
  16. srinivaspach

    srinivaspach TS Rookie

    Problem getting into Drives menu in System Setup(BIOS)

    Hello everyone,

    We have the same issue with our DELL machine too. Problem is, I don't know how to get into the Drives menu from System Setup (BIOS). There is the option to change time, the boot sequence and so on. Please tell me how to see the Drives option from the System Setup menu or BIOS. Your help will be much appreciated.


    """Reboot your system and hit F2 as soon as you see the Dell startup screen (the options are F2 for setup, F12 for boot sequence).

    In the System Setup screen, do these steps.

    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":



    Reboot - make sure that the boot sequence is set to CD rom before HD and make sure that the reinstall CD is in the drive. Setup will load, hit enter to reinstall XP. Your HD should now be detected and you should see the licensing agreement.

    If you have your files backed up I reccommend deleting the partition and reformatting prior to installing XP, it will give you that option after the license agreement.

    Once you have successfully reinstalled the OS, Dell reccommends that you change the SATA Operation setting back to RAID AUTODETECT / AHCI (or back to whatever your factory setting was) to avoid any problems with other IDE devices installed on your system.""
  17. PCchallenged

    PCchallenged TS Rookie

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    It appears that it has already been posted ### times, but I want to add my thanks to Tyler for the guidance. It is 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon and I have been up since 8:30am yesterday working on computer(s) in this house.

    I Googled Sata Operation etc.... and TechSpot popped up and there was Tyler's instructions. "Man", it worked like a charm. I can't find anyway to say thanks other than to say Happy Holiday's. You have made mine much more pleasent. (Wife gets grumpy when her computer doesn't work :D).

    Now for some sleep............
  18. GarGarBinks

    GarGarBinks TS Rookie

    Adding my thanks as well. This thread is the #1 google reply for "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed"
    This old Dell gives lots of trouble!
  19. Arrow

    Arrow TS Rookie

    It's good to know one can go back in time to the year 2005 A.D to find wisdom from the ancients that modern day thinkers (tech support!) are unable to do, thank you tyleryoungblood for the solution :D
  20. prayaspatel03

    prayaspatel03 TS Rookie


    I am trying to do this, and I do not have the options that you say I should have.

    The only things with "drive'" on them are:
    Drive configuration
    Hasrd-Disk Drive Sequence
    Boot sequence

    Othere than that i tried to solve the problem by downloading the drivers as you mentioned...but the problem is my dell server doesnt have floppy drive.....and those driver can only be installed using floppy disk.

    Some one please help me....i spend almost 2 days debugging this.

    I am using Dell server
  21. prayaspatel03

    prayaspatel03 TS Rookie

    Some more information on my previous question..

    I alos tried to burn the CD using nlite and made the bootable CD...but it still doesnt work........
  22. zslates

    zslates TS Rookie

    u rock

    Here it is June of 2011 and this post still rocks!! Thank you helped me big time...BTW I'm another who only signed up to thank you.
    tyleryoungblood likes this.
  23. dino

    dino TS Rookie

    BIOS setting,

    Hi Guys,

    Error I am getting when re installing windows XP is: "Error Message: Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed ..."

    Thank you for your help. This help me so much. I went to bios and disable the Hard drive and my PC boot fine. Very strange how this worked as I disable it ... oh well important is that is working for now. Thank you again.

  24. rdpaleja

    rdpaleja TS Rookie

    Thanks for great solution. Saved lot of hrs not by struggling to look answer for this

  25. StormPursuit

    StormPursuit TS Rookie

    HELP!!! I recently purchased a used HP XW4300 from a computer shop, no OS, but it does have a 160g SATA hard drive. I tried installing the XPP SP3 software and it gets past the user agreement and to the screen that shows 4 empty slots with no drive detected. Then I get the blue screen of death and restart. I try to boot BIOS so I can switch from RAID to IDE (from what I've seen this helps) but there is no F10 ability (It's like BIOS doesn't exist on this computer). When I press F10 it goes to a black screen with a blinking underscore. Can someone help me please? :( IMAG2120.

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