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Thread: GA-P31-DS3L - Not detecting SATA 2 HDD with XP SP2

  1. #1
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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

    Default GA-P31-DS3L - Not detecting SATA 2 HDD with XP SP2


    I am ready to throw my computer out of the window for what is most probably my own fault, here is the story:

    I am trying to install XP SP2 on my Seagate 1TB hard drive, I already have been using XP on another SATA HDD for about 3 years and its getting old so wanted to do a fresh install with a new XP disk and COA.

    I plug in my new hard drive and take out the old so now I have this and a CD/DVD drive connected via SATA on my motherboard, run the windows XP CD which is fine until I hit the ENTER button to start the windows install as its says it cannot find my hard drive?? The HDD is present in the BIOS so I know the motherboard has picked it up but not XP.

    I never had a problem when I installed it last time as the motherboard and windows picked it up and installed no probs!! There is loads of info flying around the internet about XP not being able to see SATA drives and you need to install the drivers via a floppy or make a custom CD with the drivers built in however since it worked last time I installed XP I assume my motherboard settings are correct regarding the IDE emulation (Of course I could be wrong)

    I just donít know what else to try as I have tried pretty much all of the settings and still nothing...

    I have posted some images below for you to see my BIOS screens (Sorry for the poor quality)

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions as I am truly stuck and need to try and solve this fairly rapidly!

    If you need anymore info please just say and I will do my best to provide it

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    Birmingham,Great Britain

    Default Re: GA-P31-DS3L - Not detecting SATA 2 HDD with XP SP2

    cant you plug both drives in and simply clone your old hdd to your new 1tb drive? would be much simpler,idk why its not installing for you,plenty free hdd cloning software available? it would be a perfect copy of your hdd booting up wise ect
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    Default Re: GA-P31-DS3L - Not detecting SATA 2 HDD with XP SP2

    I would try a CMOS reset.... But as always your computer specs would help...otherwise were blind...
    Last edited by Conners; 01-10-2012 at 11:29 AM.

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    Default Re: GA-P31-DS3L - Not detecting SATA 2 HDD with XP SP2

    F7 | 0.51 MB | 2007/11/22 | 1.Fix: Some of 1000 GB (1TB) HDDs will be detected size error.
    If your BIOS is older than F7 it might be it.
    Be cautious flashing BIOS if you decide to do so. This board does not have dual BIOS and flash failure will brick it.
    It is recommended to use the built in QFlash utility to flash the BIOS from a USB flash-drive, and clear the "Keep DMI Data".before the flash.

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