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ide to sata problems

by gman_64 / July 7, 2007 2:37 PM PDT

I bought a barebones computer and want to move my old IDE hard drive to the new computer. The new computer is SATA compatible. Everytime I tried to boot, got an error message about windows not starting properly and giving me choices on how to start, i.e. normal, fsafe, etc....does this everytime.
SOOOOOOO, I got a new hard drive and a copy of NORTON GHOST and copied the contents of the old hard drive to the new hard drive. The new hard drive is a SATA connection. When I hook it up, same message and it shows it as the 3rd master hard drive. Do I need to load the SATA drivers as I have read on several forums(using f6) or is there something else going on?

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Is this Windows moving from one machine to the next?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2007 11:21 PM PDT
In reply to: ide to sata problems

If so it should never boot. Not only did you change the machine but Windows doesn't have the SATA support installed. Here's what I'd do next.

-> Armed with my XP SP2 CD (nothing less will work it seems) I get my SATA drivers on the diskette ready and I perform the XP REPAIR INSTALL (see google) but I tap that F6 key during install and feed XP that all important diskette. I rarely lose much this way and it beats a full install.


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windows moving
by gman_64 / July 7, 2007 11:29 PM PDT

yeah its moving....I have a portable usb disk drive that I can load the drivers from so I will try that.....

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Does that work?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2007 11:35 PM PDT
In reply to: windows moving

I haven't seen many fix it with an USB HARD DISK. I've repaired too many armed with the XP SP2 CD and ... a diskette.


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not a hrad disk
by gman_64 / July 8, 2007 12:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Does that work?

its a usb floppy current version of windows has sp2 on it why arent the drivers there?

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Because Microsoft doesn't have them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2007 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: not a hrad disk

The SATA on XP is a known issue. I decline from duplicating easy to find web content and will skip to the solution I use.


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heres the problem SATA Drivers
by gman_64 / July 8, 2007 2:12 AM PDT

I cant even get to the point where holding down the f6 key makes a difference. I get the message widnows failed to start, etc....

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Let's cover those basics one more time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2007 2:22 AM PDT

1. We have the XP SP2 CD (nothing else seems to work!)

2. We boot from the CD and will be doing the F6, let it get the drivers from floppy (some don't take my advice on this?)

3. We proceed with a repair install (I didn't write how, but note it's widely documented.)

Which step did you fail?


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still no luck
by gman_64 / July 8, 2007 1:01 PM PDT

I dont have a cd drive in the new computer...barebones remember. so, I found the sata/raid drives via a google search...I used a xp disc, not sp2, and was able to load them onto my old hard drive using the f6 prompt. I ran chkdsk/f to make sure there were no disc errors and everything seemed fine....I ghosted, again, my old hard drive to the new hard drive.....I have tried both hard drives in the new machine...same thing, wont load...I'm thinking of loading my windows 98 disc onto the new drive...then upgrading with my xp disc

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"I dont have a cd drive in the new computer." = dead.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2007 11:35 PM PDT
In reply to: still no luck

Sorry but you won't be able to fix this one.

Good luck,


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