Installing Win XP on SATA drive system

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Our school was given some used computers that have one or two SATA drives installed, with Win 2000 Server. The computers boot OK, but I want to reformat the drives and install XP Pro. However, when I boot from the XP CD, it tells me that "setup cannot find any hard drives" on the system. what must I do to resolve this? Thanks

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The problem is that Windows does not have the drivers needed how to manage the sata chipsets. You will need to go to the manufacture of the computer or the manufacture of the motherboard. Download the sata/chipset drivers. put them on a floppy. During the booting of the CD, in the bottom, it will get to a section of hitting a F# key to load third party drivers. Hit the requested key and then it will go thru the steps of loading the drivers, then it will continue and you will see the harddrives. I went thru this exact same scenerio with a client.

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  • Pressler2904
    Be sure to use a floppy disk, as nothing else will be recognized, and the key to press is "F6". Be aware that certain drivers (particularly Intel's "iastore" driver) support serveral different chipset variations, so be sure to select the proper driver.
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