XP boot drive doesn't recognize HDD

By ihaveaname ยท 4 replies
Aug 18, 2011
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  1. Hey guys,

    I installed Ubuntu 10.10 a while back, and it's been good to me. However, I want to be able to play games (specifically AOE II), so I wanted to set up a dual boot. Thing is though, when I go to install Windows XP (I am NOT installing Windows 7 on my netbook with 1GB of RAM) the netbook's HDD is not detected; it recognises my USB drive and nothing else. Any ideas on why that might be, and if so, how to fix it up? I knowXP is supposed to work on it, since it came with the computer.

    CPU: Intel Atom 1.66GHz
    RAM: 1GB DDR2
    HDD: 160GB SATA2 5400RPM

  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Windows XP lacks most SATA drivers that are needed to recognize SATA hard drives. A floppy drive is needed to install SATA drivers at the F6 prompt but I doubt your netbook has one. Instead, you will have to make a slipstream CD that combines the regular XP CD with the appropriate SATA drivers. Do a web search to find guides to create a slipstream SATA/Windows XP CD.

    Some BIOS' allow you to turn off SATA/AHCI/RAID mode and/or enable IDE mode which would eliminate the need to create a slipstream CD. However, since you already have Ubuntu on another partition, I'm not sure if doing that would harm that installation.
  3. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    How about using Wine
  4. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 107

    Thanks for the help guys!
  5. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 107

    Set my HDD as IDE, and it's working!

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