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WinXP install ISO can't see SSD


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townie2

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hi everyone. the background in a nutshell, the SATA HD in my Asus Eee 1005 HAB (upgraded to 2GB RAM) suddenly died with no warning, so i installed a 120GB SSD. i connected an external DVD drive and installed XP (legit) after changing BIOS boot order, seemed to go alright, but i had no internet access, LAN or WLAN, so i downloaded the drivers (LAN, WLAN, and chipset) from Asus onto a flashdrive and installed, got LAN working, networks showed on netbook, but wouldn't let me connect to it (Cisco M10 Valet running Tomato), it would try, but wouldn't even get as far as asking for the network password. i then decided to load an EaseUS Todo backup, but when it finished, it showed a command line sort of screen saying disk error: cannot read disk, press Ctrl+Alt+el (which i assume was Del, was the only one that did anything) to reboot, but it just kept rebooting to the same screen. next, i decided to just start again with another fresh XP install, but now XP doesn't see the SSD drive and won't install because it doesn't see any drive to install to. does anyone have any advice for me please, this is very frustrating,and i'm sort of techie challenged. thank you.
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You said....

......so i installed a 120GB SSD. i connected an external DVD drive and installed XP (legit) after changing BIOS boot order


My question would be why you entitled your thread "WinXP install ISO can't see SSD" when in theory you used a normal working MS XP install disk?

Where did the ISO come from?
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computer repair tech gave it to me (Windows XP Home O.E.M.), since the original drive totally went i had no Factory Image, and no disk came with it, no DVD drive in it. he gave it to me to originally to put it on a flash and install from there, but i since bought an external DVD drive and used it. when i tried to reinstall, i got the message when running the XP disc, cannot find drive (ad lib) and showed Drives (0). the EasUS Backup i ran did say it would wipe everything on the drive, so i'm wondering if perhaps it wiped pre-installed drivers for the SSD? by legit, i just meant it's the real XP serial, not one of those bootleg, pirated, whatever you call it, illegal serials.

Edited by townie2, 13 February 2013 - 04:02 PM.

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In the past I've had serious problems with internal disk drives and found that sometimes even an external disk drive would not read a dvdrom until after xp had already booted up. Is this happening to you? Hopefully someone on here will hope fullyknow an answerto this
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computer repair tech gave it to me (Windows XP Home O.E.M.),



Can you please ask the "tech" what Service Pack this XP disk is?
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i believe it was SP1, which updated to SP2 when i installed it (i could phone him and ask, but he closed his business and retired last year after having a heart attack,and he would come running in to help). the original install went fine (it "saw" the SSD) except for the LAN/WLAN, i think the EaseUS backup screwed it. if the backup were larger than the drive, would that screw it? i'm not sure if it was or not, but i would think some sort of warning would have popped up.
after the original install, i downloaded the the chipset, LAN, and WLAN drivers from Asus onto a flash and installed them, which gave me LAN only, which i used to update to SP2, but wanting WLAN, decided to try installing the EaseUS backup.

Edited by townie2, 14 February 2013 - 07:48 AM.

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I could have many questions on this issue but to ask them and receive answers that do not bear fruit would be pointless.

I suggest that you obtain a proper Microsoft XP SP3 disk and install that via the external optical drive that you have.
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ok, thank you Wolfeymole, but i'm thinking it won't see the SSD either, but i'll try it. thanks again.
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The reason why I say that it has to be SP3 is because from what I have read SSD drives are loosely based on SATA drives and before SP3 SATA drivers were NOT included in XP.
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ok, i didn't know that, that makes sense, thanks.
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You're welcome. :)

Obtain what I have recommended, install it and then get back to us.

Forget about Easeus backup for the time being ok as we can look at that later.
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