Setup can not find any hard drives

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Neo - Nov 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM
limka123 Posts 1 Registration date Thursday March 5, 2015 Status Member Last seen March 5, 2015 - Mar 5, 2015 at 09:36 AM
Hello,

I had a problem with my windows keep restarting after blue screen in normal mode.. I can change in safe mode.. And I had try to change the regedit entry but none of it work.. So I try to format new windows xp but then it appeared this "setup can not find any hard drives....... press F3 to exit"

I'm using compaq presario V3500 Notebook PC
Intel Core 2 Duo
BIOS Version F.13
PhoenixBIOS Setup

What should I do?

Please advise or provide a related link..

Tq..

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closeup22 Posts 8924 Registration date Friday May 15, 2009 Status Member Last seen October 7, 2010 2,108
Nov 3, 2009 at 12:29 PM
hi there,

enter bios setting>

then disable sata mode or native mode

depending on model save and exit settings

reboot from your windows installation disk

Thanks
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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
Nov 3, 2009 at 12:06 PM
This is a problem caused by Windows XP not having drivers for the latest SATA interface chips that the new laptops use. I assume this laptop came with VISTA and you are trying to install Windows XP.

I would install Vista or Windows 7.

Good Luck
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Great solution.

I have a HP laptop. was trying to re-install XP... and gave the error hard disk cant be found. went through this forum, entered the boot setup menu as told above, Disabled the SATA...and voila. XP can be installed. no problem

thanks guys... great and easy solution
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limka123 Posts 1 Registration date Thursday March 5, 2015 Status Member Last seen March 5, 2015
Mar 5, 2015 at 09:36 AM
How to disable sata? No provision in bios.I use frontech mb
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Hey Thanks for the above suggestion...... This Works for my laptop...i was having problem in compaq c300
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its really true
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waaw, thanks to clseup22 for the info. it really solved. cheers.... =)
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thnaks . It worked for me.
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Neo X Posts 2 Registration date Monday November 2, 2009 Status Member Last seen November 5, 2009
Nov 5, 2009 at 09:51 AM
Thanks for your advise.. I had enter the boot setup but I cant find at the configuration for sata mode..I try using the hot key but none of it work.. Please help us..
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thank u so much, it is very useful
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It worked for me too thanks a lot :-)
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kishor ghodke
Nov 8, 2014 at 01:21 AM
thanks......................................
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