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Thread: Portege R500 - install Win XP - no hard disk detected

  1. Portege R500 - install Win XP - no hard disk detected
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    Hello,

    I have just bought a new Toshiba Portege R500-12H notebook with Windows Vista, and I would like to format the hard disk and install Windows XP instead.

    I have a Windows XP CD-ROM (the one from my former PC), I insert the disk and boot the notebook on the CD-ROM. Windows XP installation is loading, I get the screen asking me "push F3 to quit, Enter to install XP" (as usually).
    But when I click "install", it is said that no hard disk has been detected, and I am asked if I have any additional drivers.

    How is it possible that my 120go HD is not detected? Is it in a format that Windows XP doesn't know? Should I get a driver, how can I install it? Should I upgrade the bios?

    Please help me ;)

    Thanx for all,

  2. Re: Portege R500 - install Win XP - no hard disk detected
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    nLite + driver for SATA\RAID + google + two hands + 1 head and you almost done.

  3. Re: Portege R500 - install Win XP - no hard disk detected
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    You are missing SATA driver.
    Very good description how to prepare installations CD you can find HERE .

    This Toshiba document could be useful for you:
    http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD9401AN0000R01.htm

    If you have more questions please let us know.

    Good luck!

  4. Re: Portege R500 - install Win XP - no hard disk detected
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    When I installed xp on these I had to go in to the BIOS setting and change the ACPI mode to Compatability

  5. Re: Portege R500 - install Win XP - no hard disk detected
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    >When I installed xp on these I had to go in to the BIOS setting and change the ACPI mode to Compatability
    Yes but just if you want to install WXP without SATA driver.

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