Windows XP is SATA blind.
I recently upgraded my computer to 2 SATA drives. I am positive that these are setup correctly and formatted correctly, yet I can not install XP on them in any way. I havve spent the last 2 weeks trying everything I can imagine to get the XP startup disks to recognize these SATA drives, but they refuse.
I had Vista RC1 on these SATA drives for the past month and it worked fine. Install recognized the drives, and they work perfectly. I tried to install XP through Vista, but that doesn't work, nothing happens when I run the startup disk. Then I tried reformating the computer and using the XP startup disk again, doesn't work. I have tried numerous types of startup disks and driver disks, from the CD driver that comes with the HD's, to making a floppy with drivers from that CD, to XP reocgnizing 3rd party raid. Nothing works!!!
When I turn on my computer DOS says the drives are there and they seem fine.
When I startup with Partition Magic, it says the dirves are there and formatted correctly.
When i startup with the HD's software CD, it says the same thing. I've run every option any of these tools give me.
The Sata drives are simply set up on SATA1 and SATA2 of my Abit KV8 motherboard.
The XP startup disk will flat out refuse to view the harddrives. It doesn't show them as drives without the correct drivers. They don't show up period.
I am at a total loss. Please can anyone help!?!?!??!