View Full Version : i need a round a 500 gig ide harddrive

12-27-2009, 12:33 AM
The mother in law wants to put xp pro on her desktop it has sata i tried and tried to make a nlite with the sata drivers couldn't get it to work so im jsut going to buy her a round a 5oogb hd and keep the sata one anybody have
one pretty cheap

Man im so out of it right now it is a 3.5 desktop ide hard drive sorry all

12-27-2009, 12:47 AM
I don't have one, I'm just clarifying for others; this would be a 2.5in drive as it is for a laptop correct?

12-27-2009, 12:56 AM
Wait a sec.. I'm lost. She has a laptop with a sata hdd, correct? You can buy another hard drive if you want, but it will still have to be SATA. Laptops dont have both IDE and SATA.

Pressing F6 during the first screen of the Windows install, and selecting the proper drivers doesnt work?

Another thing you can try is to change the SATA mode in the BIOS. It's likely set to SATA or AHCI. Try changing it to IDE or COMPATIBLE. The regular XP installer should be able to detect it in that mode.

12-27-2009, 01:21 AM
ok i will try that i guess i put lappy because i just put win 7 on my wifes laptop her moms is one of those aboutt he size of an encyclopedia desktops from acer .