I need SATA driver to install xp

 Andrei2j -
I want to install windows xp but I have vista......
so how can install xp over vista in inspiron 1525 dell laptop...
plz help me

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if you have problem with installing xp, please do this.

Disable the native-SATA in the BIOS
If the BIOS provides an option to disable the native-SATA configuration in the BIOS, do the following steps.
1. Turn off the computer.
2 Press the power button and press f10 to open the BIOS Setup.
3. Use the cursor to navigate the Configuration options to locate the Native-SATA setting.
If there is a SATA setting, select the Disable option, and then press F10 to save the change and restart the computer.
If there is no SATA setting, use one of the other options in this document to change the settings.

go to this link fo full document:

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Thanks Dude. It works charm in A spire 5738 as per ur comment........
Worked for Me too. Well done! Saves all the bother of using Nlite to create a new installation CD. Thanks!!
Thanks Yar
I don't have an option saying SATA Native mode. I dont know wat to do now ?
hi good day pls give driver for sata driver for compaq presario v3000
The answer about disabling the SATA ACHI was the correct one!

Worked for me, and thanks a lot to the guy that posted it---you also have to disable some type of "FLASH"
switch, but whenever I went to change the SATA settings as directed, it prompted and told me to do that also, and now it sees my hard drive (SATA, of course....) But you saved me alot of grief, so thanx!

i have one problem.what that my loptop is hp pavilion 6000.there is vista os .i need new intall forxp pls help me
Mate thank you sooooo much I have spent all day on this and I never thought to change the settings in the BIOS,
Once I had done that bobs your uncle Windows XP on my laptop.
This error raises because your WinXp Cd has not this driver.
If you are going to install WinXp on a Desktop, you can give the Sata driver by means of a Floppy when installing wizard ask you "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver...".
If you are goinig to install WinXp on a Laptop, the best way is to embed the Sata driver in your Windows Cd.
To solve this problem, you can use nLite to embed the needed Sata driver into your WinXP Cd.
A little Googling about "nLite" and "Embedding drivers in WinXp Cd" Can be useful.
God Luck!
I had the same problem with a Toshiba Satellite A300D, I could not find drivers for Sata. But when I looked into the bios menu, I saw an option like this: "Sata drive configuration: 1.AHCI and 2.Compatibility. I've select compatibility and I managed to install windows xp.
I'm very grateful. Thanks to your post than I managed to install the windows in my laptop
Go through his link you will ger drivers for sata
Hy gys,
use this link
and select
"F6 Intel..."
in the drop down menu.
Good luck
hi, I have this problem also but my laptop is Compaq presario v3000. if you get the solution please tell me also. thank!

Check the hard drive manufacturer website for some of those drivers.
Acer Extensa 5220 same problem with SATA.
Dowloaded the drivers SATA from Acer.
Copied to USB , files in/out original folder .
Inserted while I was installing the XP .
Did the F6 gig,didn't worked.
Restarted the whole process with usb inserted and .... MIRACLE !!!
My HDD was there.
Good luck :)
i want to install windows xp but I have cq 60 104tu compaq laptop please help me
For HP Pavilion, disable SATA support in BIOS worked.
Remember you not upgrading, you doing downgrading. an order to intall xp over vista, you need to erase everything in the system. erase every data in the hard drive. there is a boot cd for that. the boot cd will clean everything and aloud to install xp.