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Installing WINXP on a VISTA system - separate HDD

I have an E-machine with VISTA Home Premium on drive "C". I have another hdd labeled "G" and designated Healthy, Active, Primary partition. This hdd has been formatted. I wish to install XP on this 2nd hdd. I can't. The steps I attempt follow.
1) I disconnect the hdd containg VISTA.
2) Insert XP disk into 2nd hdd and press any key to load from CD
3) System is checked, I am instructed to press F6 if I wish to install 3rd party SCSI or RAID drivers. I ignore. ( Both my hdd's are raid compatable but specified as non-raid in the BIOS)
4) Setup continues to load system, completes that task.
5) I am given 3 choices, to install XP, fix a previous install or quit. I select install.
6) EULA is displayed. I accept.
7) Next comes the list of partioned and unpartioned spaces on the hdd and the option to install XP on the selected item, or creat or delete a partition.
Cool In the box that is supposed to contain these options is;

"There is no disk in this drive"

Any further action on my part results in the one page dump.
Am I missing drivers for my 2nd hdd? Do I need to change something in BIOS? I hope not because this refurbished piece of ---- won't let me into my BIOS anymore.
Anybody have any ideas?

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"There is no disk in this drive"

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This usually means you didn't supply the SATA chipset drivers (that F6 option.) These are from your machine's maker and are specific for your PC. There can be some BIOS settings that EMULATE IDE so if you are locked out of the BIOS then that's not an option.

Also the version of XP is very important. For drives over 127GB and even then you want a retail XP SP2 CD.

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In reply to: Installing WINXP on a VISTA system - separate HDD

In addition to what Bob said, are you ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that there are XP drivers for all your system's hardware? If there isn't, then there's not a lot of point in continuing, because you'll hit an insurmountable wall a little later on.

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