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  1. #1
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    Problem HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    Hello, I currently have:
    Asus A8V MoBo
    Brand New WD 320GB SATA II HDD

    I have ran into almost every problem possible with this and now i go to install XP and it says no Hard Disk Drive Detected. F3 to restart.
    I have SATA BootRom enabled.

    What can I do? Please help.

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    What mode is your SATA controller set to in BIOS? If it's set to RAID or AHCI, you can probably expect this to happen. Also, are there two SATA controllers on that board?

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    my guess would be jumper the wd to sata 1.....pins 5 and 6

    many early via cannot cope with sata 2 drives
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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    I already set the jumper to 5 and 6 and i cant find an SATA controller mode in the BIOS and im only using one HDD

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    So would this mean i need to upgrade my MoBo?

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    manual im reading sauys tab gets you in raid bios at boot

    http://support.asus.com/download/dow...n-us&model=A8V
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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    I got into the raid bios now what?

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    set up a false on drive raid 0 array is the usual way on controllers like that

    then set bios boot order to cdrom followed by the raid...might just have scsi as an option

    then hit f6 and load drivers of floppy as wp install starts
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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    The a8v stickies here should help you with driver disk/sata set up etc
    http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.p...00#post2530700
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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    When i get to the raid bios the only key that works is escape. it wont let me do anything else...

    im pretty new to this so the more detailed instructions the better... thank you for your help this far.

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    If you have the plain A8v ( not the deluxe) then you don't need to set up a "false" raid. IIRC that workaround was for the promise controller on the the a8v deluxe. The plain A8v has only via sata controller.
    Is the sata/raid bios detecting your hard drive ? Tab should let you see the drive detected. If it isn't detected then windows won't see it either. Windows install will also require you to supply via sata/raid drivers on a floppy drive during the windows installation ( hit F6 at the prompt "Press F6 to install 3rd Party RAID Controller Software" )


    You can download drivers from via here:

    http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx...0&SubCatID=143

    see where it says the following on that page....you can get some more info there>>>>
    VIA V-RAID Driver
    To create the driver disk for Windows installation, you need to copy the contents of the folder named DriverDisk in the zip file, but not the folder itself - just the contents. For further information, please read this article.
    Edit...
    There is a fairly good walkthrough here with screenshots, though it is for winxp64, but it is the same basic routine for winxp obviously with winxp drivers and not winxp64 drivers.
    http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx...icleID=410&P=2
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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    Yes i have the plain a8v and i am downloading the drivers now. thank you so much.

    and yes the raid bios detects the HDD.

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    Thank you for your help windows has started installing. Do i have to change the boot order to let the HDD come before the CD drive? After Windows makes me restart?

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    Re: HELP!!! Windows XP install wont detect HDD

    Quote Originally Posted by tad1m View Post
    Thank you for your help windows has started installing. Do i have to change the boot order to let the HDD come before the CD drive? After Windows makes me restart?
    You don't have to change this, unless you keep a CD in the drive that is bootable, like the XP CD. For everyday use, you can have it with either the CD or HDD first in boot order, and as long as a CD that can be booted from is not in the tray, the machine will go immediately to the HDD to boot.

    I leave it that way on all my machines for those times when I want/need to boot from a CD so I don't have to alter the BIOS settings every time.
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