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Secundus 01-21-2006 12:32 PM

Need help. Problems formatting
I am trying to format the HD in my sig with a win 98 boot disk. I put the disk in and turn the computer on and everything goes well until I get to the A prompt. Type in fdisk and I get this message. "No fixed disk present". I have tried all 3 option for formatting and get the same message with each.

Secundus 01-21-2006 12:38 PM

Looked around a little. So you can only format new SATA drives with the F6 option in XP? Is this correct?


Actually I think this is to install xp on the HD. Not format the HD.

macdude425 01-21-2006 01:20 PM

98 won't recognize SATA drives, and that's why that method isn't working.

You can use F6 to install SATA drivers in XP, but I believe by XP SP2, this becomes a native feature.

snypercore 01-21-2006 05:20 PM

i had this problem only witha pendrive just run the xp setup untill it asks which partition to use there u can format and delete partiotins then exit setup leaving you with a formated HDD
but i only did this with a pen drive by mistake so maybe not the best option but i fixed my pen drive:D

Secundus 01-21-2006 06:32 PM

Thanks for the help.

Secundus 01-21-2006 07:20 PM

Ok problem is when I hit F6 and then hit S to add the hard drive it asks for the disk my drivers are on which are on a CD. But xp keeps trying to read the floppy drive. How can I get xp to read the cd drive to DL Sata drivers?

Apokalipse 01-21-2006 07:22 PM

is there a "browse" option?

Secundus 01-21-2006 07:26 PM

No. It's during the xp setup. It says to put in the cd for the drivers in A: drive and hit enter. No other options. Think I am going to put the cd in other computer and try to copy the driver folder to a floppy and get it started.

Secundus 01-21-2006 08:00 PM

The only thing that should be plugged into the HD is the SATA cable and the SATA power cord correct? Also since I have a SATA HD and only one other cd drive does it matter on the master/slave switch for either?

Secundus 01-21-2006 10:02 PM

Problem solved. Went to gigabyte website and downloaded needed drivers onto a floppy. Now officially up and running with 2nd partition formatting now. This proves if I can build a successful computer anyone can.

Thanks for the help.

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