Thread: Hard Drive Probs


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I acquired an old lappy for my granddaughter (she's only 5 so nothing special, just something to play with) Anyway I used 'Qpart' to format the drive and all seemed ok. I booted from a Windows XP disk and all went well until the legend ' starting windows' appeared Then this message popped up ' windows cannot find a hard drive, yet it shows up in the bios. I did the exact same thing with another hard drive and the same thing happened. Anyone else come across this. Would appreciate any

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    Hard Drive Probs

    I acquired an old lappy for my granddaughter (she's only 5 so nothing special, just something to play with)

    Anyway I used 'Qpart' to format the drive and all seemed ok.
    I booted from a Windows XP disk and all went well until the legend ' starting windows' appeared
    Then this message popped up ' windows cannot find a hard drive, yet it shows up in the bios.
    I did the exact same thing with another hard drive and the same thing happened.
    Anyone else come across this. Would appreciate any thoughts or resolutions.
    Cheers


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    Re: Hard Drive Probs

    is it a SATA hard drive? Check the BIOS, see if you can set the SATA controller to 'IDE legacy' or something like that. XP doesn't natively support SATA.

    If not, you'll have to get the laptop model, find the drivers, extract the dos drivers onto a floppy and during the start up it says '"Press F3 to use 3rd party drivers" - do that, then load them from the disk

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    Re: Hard Drive Probs

    Quote Originally Posted by ManofScience View Post
    is it a SATA hard drive? Check the BIOS, see if you can set the SATA controller to 'IDE legacy' or something like that. XP doesn't natively support SATA.

    If not, you'll have to get the laptop model, find the drivers, extract the dos drivers onto a floppy and during the start up it says '"Press F3 to use 3rd party drivers" - do that, then load them from the disk

    Thanks mate. I'll give it a go tomorrow
    It's IDE btw.
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    Re: Hard Drive Probs

    Quote Originally Posted by ManofScience View Post
    is it a SATA hard drive? Check the BIOS, see if you can set the SATA controller to 'IDE legacy' or something like that. XP doesn't natively support SATA.

    If not, you'll have to get the laptop model, find the drivers, extract the dos drivers onto a floppy and during the start up it says '"Press F3 to use 3rd party drivers" - do that, then load them from the disk
    I may be wrong,is it not F6 to load 3rd party drivers ?


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    Re: Hard Drive Probs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tamarc View Post
    I may be wrong,is it not F6 to load 3rd party drivers ?
    u could be right... i can't remember!

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    Re: Hard Drive Probs

    Hi pilgrims
    I found a W98 disk.
    It installed perfectly, so I'll just do an upgrade to XP.
    Thanks all


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