PATA HDD not detected during windows xp home setup

By redgemini
Jan 11, 2010
  1. I'm having trouble within my hard drive.

    When I startup the machine tells me there is no hard disks detected, when I go into the BIOS it says it finds my hard drive. When I try to load windows, I get a blue screen claiming:


    I followed the instructions from DELL and tried restoring factory settings, but although it told me I had a primary drive as my hard drive and secondary drive as my CD drive, it didn't do much else.

    I tried deleting the partition through the windows setup but it told me it was "unable to delete the partition".

    A friend suggested taking out one the non-Dell ram sticks to see if that would help - it didn't.

    What else can I do?
  2. Kevork

    Kevork TS Rookie Posts: 73

    What version of WINXP cd are you using? To be able to properly install a PATA drive you need minimum WINXPSP2 setup cd. If not a manual integration of a driver might be required for complete HD functionality.

    Yes I know it sounds cray cause its IDE in theory but I have had problems in the past.
  3. redgemini

    redgemini TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's Win xp home with sp2.
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