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Old 01-05-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I have an HP Mini that hard drive crashed. I bought a new HDD and installed it. From Bios it detects it and everything seems fine. When I go to install XP it does all the preliminary install and then when it says To Install New Copy of Windows Press Enter... i hit enter and then it says... XP cannot detect a Hard Drive.... then there is a message that says if Hard drive is correctly installed to check manufacturer specs if there is some system setup that needs to be installed

P.S. i know that's not word for word i'm quoting from memory

I'm not a newb but i've been out of the computer scene for a few years so i'm way behind on how somethings are done these days.... any advice out there?
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Odds are, the hard drive controller is set for RAID and you are using a SATA hard drive. In XP to get the proper drivers in for the install to work (and recognize the drive) you'd need a floppy disk with the RAID drivers on it and press F6 at the beginning of the install stuff (before the install/repair choices I think). If the computer doesn't have a floppy drive, you can change the controller type to IDE/Normal/Legacy and you should be fine.
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Even if you change the drive type to IDE/Normal/Legacy, in some cases, the drive controller, depending on the age of the system, may not have native XP drivers, in which case, the F6 / Floppy is the only route you have to go.

USB Floppy Drives are fairly inexpensive (~$30 online, varies) and are a good thing to have on hand in case a floppy drive you already have stops working, or if you need it for this case.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:21 PM   #4
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Sorry I've been MIA - just getting back to this... I went into the BIOS settings and did not see any settings regarding IDE/Normal/Legacy. THe only option I have regarding this is SATA Native (option to enable or disable). Will this do the trick?
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Try either setting. Which motherboard do you have?
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:38 PM   #6
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I agree that the install needs a raid driver, You can create an install CD which includes the driver, take a look at this guide http://www.computerforums.org/comput...cd-103614.html and use nlite to create the CD. You will need to download the driver from the HP website and then select the driver tab within the nlite program
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SO I actually have a copy of Windows 7 which I was told should take care of the driver issue. No changes to BIOS were made, but now I am getting a message at setup saying it needs a CD/DVD device driver. This computer is an hp mini with no cd rom drive. The windows 7 is being installed from an external plug and play usb DVD drive. What Driver could it be referring to?
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