Ok when the F6 prompt comes up I press it, it then finishes loading initial Windows XP stuff, and a blue screen comes up saying press S to load any new mass storage device drives. I load the floppy, and it loads a bunch of things. Then it asks to push Enter to load Windows. I do and then it comes up saying it does not detect a hard drive and to check connections. And the connections are plugged in.
Plug in only the drive you are trying to install windows on. For whatever reason when I had 3 hard drives plugged in it didn't want to recognize my drive either.
So make sure you've done that.
When you hit S to specify a mass storage drive, only pic one set of the SATA drivers which I assume you can anyway, and if you could hear it loading from the floppy you should be good to go.
Also go into your BIOS and make sure that the SATA/RAID controller is set to ENABLED otherwise it's basically like SATA is turned off.
And also in the BIOS you want to set the boot order to Serial ATA once you've gotten the OS installed on the drive unless you simply prefer to leave it on CD-ROM, Floppy, Then SATA
I always put my boot drive first in the sequence to save that fraction of a second on booting time
cause it only takes 2 seconds to change it back in the BIOS.
Let me know if that works for ya