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Windows installer wont recognize Hitachi SATA

By bustedlimb
Oct 21, 2009
  1. I am trying to install windows XP on a machine with these specs:
    AMD Athlon 64 3000+
    MSI K8TNeo FIS2R
    Hitachi HDS72258 SATA HDD

    The drivers, according to the Hitachi site, come with windows. The Hitachi site says that if windows doesnt recognize the drive it is likely a motherboard issue. I do not have a floppy drive in the machine right now. Windows installer cannot recognize the disk apparently.

    Anyone have any ideas?
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,157   +459

    Check the BIOS to see if you can set the SATA/RAID controllers to IDE mode. If you cannot, you will need to install SATA/RAID drivers via the F6 prompt at the beginning of Windows Setup. You will need a floppy drive for that, however. You can either install one and continue on (they aren't very expensive and it will solve your problem with a minimum of fuss) or you can make a slipstream CD with the contents of your Windows CD and the SATA drivers combined.
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