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Hakiim8

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I have a computer bought off eBay Gateway ATXAEG LX3 700S. It's built with Sata and after connecting the Maxtor hard drive to the power source and the PCI card. The bios will not read the hard drive. I try to format Windows XP and the setup says, cannot read hard drive. In bios the master drive does not show the hard drive and only one DVD master drive is shown. Is there anything I can do or have I been had ?
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Just to clarify a couple things here.

1. This is an internal hard drive?
2. By "built with SATA" do you mean the Maxtor drive is a Sata drive and thats how it is currently plugged in?
3. What do you mean plugged it into the PCI card?

Just covering the basics to start with.

Edited by Trippster, 09 June 2009 - 02:54 PM.

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A google search shows the computer to be about 6 years old.
If I read the post right, I believe he is attempting to install XP on a sata hard drive that is connected to a sata pci card. Being 6 years old, I do not believe that computer had sata on the board.

I am not quite sure how to proceed. XP does not recognize sata drives until you install their drivers using F6 during install. Since the drive is connected to a card, I suspect those drivers need to be installed 1st. I'm not quite sure how. There might be a pci boot option in bios, and then it might ask for the sata card driver CD so they can be loaded. (This is just a hunch though).

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The internal hard drive is sata connected to a sata pci card.
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