Cannot recognize SATA WDC Hard Drive [Solved/Closed]
Ask a questionAdmir20002PostsSunday August 10, 2008Registration date
August 11, 2008
Last seen - Latest answer on Jan 15, 2015 01:21AM
My computer is running much slower in last few months, so I decided to format it and reinstall all applications, including operating system Windows XP.
After I started the installation and checked for computer setup it comes to the step when I am asked:
If I want to repair Windows XP or
Install new version of XP
I choose Install new, but after few minutes on the screen appears following message:
Your computer can not recognize hard drive, make sure your hard drive is powered on and properly connected
Everything is properly connected, because I still use my PC without serious problems....
The hard drive is Western Digital SATA 80 GB
Do you maybe know what could be the problem, is it problem with hard drive controller or something like that.....
Don't know if this helps, but I changed my hard drive in my fujitsu siemens 2727Li laptop the other one packed up, but when I came to load windows xp it came up with no 'storage drives detected' press f3 to exit set up, so I went into bios and disabled AHCI. Tried again this time I pressed f6 to load the raid drivers, After a short while the screen came up with 3 choices basicly not one of them found a disc so I pressed enter which was the first choice and to my suprise it found it did the partition and 'hey presto' xp installed no problem, Don't know if it works with other laptops though
I am aware of the AHCI/SATA problem. Unfortunately for me, the laptop I'm working with has Phoenix BIOS, which doesn't allow me to alter any advanced BIOS options, including disabling AHCI. So I'm stuck without the ability to install XP on my new hard drive. If anyone has any suggestions or answers, it'd be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
I had the same problem. I use a HP pavilion DV1000laptop. I disabled the sata support in bios and boo-yah, bob's ur uncle. Problem solved.
Is this a problem only with laptops or just with the sata supported comps??? I dunno???? Never happen to me before.
Dell Dimension E310. Disabled SATA RAID in BIOS. Press F6 to install RAID or other drivers. Still did not find HDD, but pressed Enter and viola, loaded a pile of RAID drivers, found the HD and found the previous Windows XP. Ran the Repair. THANKS BOB.
YOU HAVE ACCESSED A PAGE WHERE ADVANCED COMPUTER USERS HANG. I HAVE YOUR IPS AND I MUST SAY FOR THE RUDE INDIVIDUALS YOUR GOING TO GET A NASTY SURPRISE. NEVER MESS WITH COMPUTER GEEKS. MAN I LOVE NETCAT ESPECIALLY WHEN NONE OF YOU ARE AWARE IM IN YOUR SYSTEM 32 FILES.
Well, after going through all the post mentioned above, I feel like laughing. One donkey suggests to Turn Off Sata option in BIOS & the rest of you follows. Simly stupid mind! Now, all those who "Turned Off" the SATA option, goahead and Turn that option back to "ON" and than tell me what happens to your Laptop / Desktop through this forum.