Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Install Setup did not find hard drive
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"
Microsoft's Windows XP Professional "Setup did not find hard drive" install step by step, this guide is to help you through a wind
t find the hard drive, or I doesn't seem to be available .
you an idea on how to do this when and if the time arises for you to either reinstall the operating system, install for the first time
perating system. This install guide is fully graphical and will take you through each step of the installation.
will usually get is pictured below, but remember windows will pick up card readers, and other hard drives also.
f the guide uses Full Size images. Click here to see it with thumbnail (Small Images)
require to do this walkthrough is
A Windows XP Professional CD
A Computer with CD-ROM access
A Computer with a floppy drive
A Blank floppy disk.
art this Windows install. First check that the first boot device in your system
is set to the CD-ROM Drive.
ind out how to access the BIOS please refer to your motherboard
al or the manufacturer of your Computer. (The system bios can
ly be entered on boot, usually by pressing the F1, F2, F8, F10 or DEL
Make sure you save the settings before exiting))
are unsure or don't want to enter the BIOS then just test the computer by
g the CD-ROM in the drive and reboot your computer. This is the
mmended way to install windows.
an also download the boot disks from here
bootdisks.windowsreinstall.com/ this will allow you to boot off the floppy
idual guides for full step by step walkthroughs. XP Install no hdd Guides , XP Parallel Install no hdd Guide , XP Reinstall no hd
you will have to do is find out the manufacturer of your motherboard, and also the type of drive you are using.
ATA) Hard Drive
SATA Connectors on hard drive SATA data cable
IDE (PATA) Connectors on Hard Drive IDE (PATA) data cable
e determined the type of hard drive you have go to the motherboard/computer manufacturers website and download the SATA o
t board. Make sure if the files are compressed that you extract them to your floppy disks. Now copy the extracted files, (Or dow
ng a raid array then you will also need the motherboards raid driver.
ll insert your Windows XP Professional CD, or first boot disk and reboot you computer. You may get prompted to press a key to
on keyboard to boot.
rt inspecting your computer hardware and configuration.
e next screen appears press the "F6" key. This is the first blue screen to appear and you will see the prompt at bottom that says "P
nstall a third party SCSI or Raid driver". You only have a few seconds to react to this prompt.
F6 key doesn't work then check that your keyboard doesn't have an F-Lock key, this may need pressed to activate the keys.
ough it will be several minutes before you know if you pressed the key correctly.
essed the "F6" key on time then the following screen will eventually appear. Press "S" to load in the drivers you downloaded.
be prompted for the floppy disk you created earlier, put it in the drive and press "ENTER"
w you give you a choice of files that it found on the floppy drive. We are installing a SATA drive, so we select the "SATA-RAID
keys to select then press "ENTER" to load.
n you to the main screen. In our case we need to load two drivers of the disk, so Press "S" again to load in another file.
e floppy prompt, as floppy disk is still in driver press "ENTER"
We now select the option for "SATA-RAID Required 2", use arrow keys to select then press "ENTER" to load.
ou are returned to the main screen, as you can see the two files are loaded, press "ENTER" to continue to the Windows Install.
n be used along with the others, just replace part 1 with the part 1's in any of the other install guides.