I'm trying to install Windows XP on a Dell Poweredge 1600sc computer. I get into the boot and it starts loading the files. It then says "starting up windows", after a few seconds it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed" Any ideas on what to do? I've read about people saying something about changing some SATA stuff, but I can't find anything like that in the setup thingie (f2)
have you installed anything on it before? Is the startup on your hard disk or is it from the installation CD?
This probably means Windows XP doesn't have a driver for your SATA disk controller. This happened to me when I installed Windows XP on my PC.
What you have to do is get the right driver from Dell, and load it right at the start of the Windows XP installation when it says "Press F6 if you need to load a third party SCSI or RAID driver".
I loaded mine from a diskette that came with the PC's motherboard.
Hope this is of help
Check your BIOS too: there should be a section on which storage media are connected. If you don't see anything listed, it could well be that some cables aren't connected correctly.
did you check your hard disk is good or damaged?
i think problem on Hard disk code or Hard disk connector have some may be fault.
i think hard disk is good.
some bios can emluate a ide drive from an ata drive.
Check this parameter.