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SATA Troubles Revisited


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Redlazer

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Greetings again!

I come to you this time asking for help installing Windows XP Pro SP2 Student Edition on a SATA HDD.

I am using a Gigabyte K8NS Ultra-939 motherboard, which uses the nForce3 Chipset.

When i attempt to install Windows, it says that there are no hard drives installed. I went online and got the drivers that i think are the correct ones and put them on a floppy, and pressed F2 when setup started. It found the drivers on the floppy, but still did not see the hard drives and the install failed.

The drives are ok - i have succesfully installed Kubuntu Linux on the drive i originally intended to put Windows on, however there is enough space left for Windows, and i could also certainly erase Kubuntu with no quarrels.

So, what can i do from here?

-Red
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Need to press F6 when prompted and select to load the drivers from the floppy, then it should see the drive. F2 is an entirely different kettle of fish.
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Ah, then i did inded press F6. I went through the process to use the drivers on the floppy - i just got my F's confused.

F2 is the recovery console, no?

And as of right now, i have managed to get the SATA drives detected by setup, it appears as if there are no OS'es at all on the computer - which is rather distressing, as i do not understand how i could install an OS on a disk, and then it magically vanis before my very eyes.

Although, i have my hunches that it involves the MBR, but thats such an ethereal, magical entity that i may as well blame it on God.

Any ideas?

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The XP setup CD will not recognise that there is a Linux installation on the computer usually because its formatted in such a way that Windows does not recognise it.

You should be able to rip the partitions out, make new ones and then format them all from the XP CD.
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