XP won't install - does not recognize hard drive
Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:26 PM
Posted 05 February 2010 - 09:08 AM
1. The HD is dead
but you say the HD is OK
2.Power should reach the HD
Does the drive spin up at all when you start the computer?
Have you changed the data cable?
Have you tried a different Molex( power) plug?
You say you've done diagnostics? What diagnostics? WD lifeguard?
3. If you still can't see the drive, try a different drive, because the next step is replacing the Motherboard. I still suspect a bad cable somewhere since you seem the be able to do some things with the computer. Does the Microsoft disk even try to format the drive with the command prompt? If you are using a recovery Dell CD it will not work sometimes with Drives made after the cd was made.The Recovery CD doesn't have any information on newer drives so it just refuses to see them. Then you need to use a regular retail Windows CD to install the system.
Posted 05 February 2010 - 03:39 PM
Posted 05 February 2010 - 05:00 PM
From reading the owners manual it looks like you have a BTX computer system. The problem with these early XP systems is that you needed to have the SATA HD drivers incorporated into the XP CD to install on the computer. Usually you got a floppy drive to install the SATA Raid drivers ( it was a weird time for sata drives)But dell did not usually have a floppy drive.
So you are left with making a Windows XP CD with Sata driver's built in the CD.
Here's the tutorial i used to install XP on a BTX computer i built.
Read it carefully and you should be able to make a SATA XP cd that will install on the Dell.
Dell Sata Intel Matrix storage drivers are here.
Be sure to read the installation instructions for the application and drivers files.
Edited by SRX660, 05 February 2010 - 05:06 PM.
Posted 07 February 2010 - 04:06 PM
i found another site which gives complicated instructions for doing this another way. does this seem right to you? http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=414
thanks again for all your help.
Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:12 PM
Yes, the tacktech website is another method to install the drivers, and it looks like it would work.
Posted 08 February 2010 - 06:58 PM
Posted 09 February 2010 - 02:59 AM
Or these from rapid share
Never give up is my motto. That is why i learned how to install XP on a BTX computer. Yes, i went thru the hassle to find the proper way and a year and a half later the customer is still happy with the computer.
Heres a maximum PC slipstream method.
Just keep reading and i think you will get it.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 01:05 PM
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