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XP Pro 64 bit SATA Driver woes

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  • Started 11 years ago by Gengar003
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Gengar003
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I am currently running 32-bit windows XP Home on a Dell XPS Gen5 with a 64-bit processor.

I have an additional hard drive, partitioned in half. I want to install Windows XP Professional 64-bit on one of the partitions.

However, the installer recognizes no hard disks. I do not have a floppy drive.

I found this page https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/resolving-setup-did-not-find-any-hard-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/ and followed the directions there.

For the drivers, I went to http://support.dell.com/suppor.....&s=gen and entered my service tag. From there, I downloaded the "Intel - Driver" driver from the category "SATA Drives."

I completed the creation of a "slipstreamed" ISO, burnt it to a CD, and attempted to install again. Nothing changed.

I'm guessing that the drivers I downloaded were for a 32-bit os, though I'm unsure if that would be a problem for the setup.

My questions, I guess, are

a.) Did I get the wrong drivers?
b.) How do I tell if I got the wrong drivers?
c.) How can I find out what the RIGHT driver is?
d.) Where can I find the correct driver to include on the slipstreamed CD?

Thank you for your time.

On a side note, Windows Vista Business 64-bit is installed to the OTHER partition on that drive... I had to install it from within 32-bit XP Home, though; the installation CD wouldn't boot. Wish XP64 had that option.

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jd2066
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If you use Windows 32-bit edition you use 32-bit drivers.
Also I looked at the link you posted and it didn't work.
I looked on Dell's support site and found a driver at http://support.dell.com/suppor.....eid=173456
Is that the driver the one you used?

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Gengar003
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Okay, I got it working.

The process described here ( https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/resolving-setup-did-not-find-any-hard-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/ ) worked; the hard part was finding the correct drivers.

The needed drivers were found via the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager" download page on Intel's website ( http://downloadcenter.intel.co.....uctID=2101 ). I selected "64-bit Floppy Configuration Utility for IntelĀ® Matrix Storage Manager" and downloaded the floppy disk image.

I then used WinImage to extract the drivers, and loaded them into nLite's slipstreaming process. To determine which of the many drivers listed I should actually select, I used the Intel Chipset Identification Utility ( http://www.intel.com/support/c.....009266.htm ) to figure out which I/O Controller I had, and selected the corresponding AHCI/SCSI/RAID drivers from nLite's list.

Finished the nLite process, burnt and booted the CD, and it installed successfully.

Except because of the order my HDDs were listed in, it installed itself to drive letter "E:" instead of "C:"... but that's a problem with my specific setup, and fixable.

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Gengar003
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I left out a step - I used winRAR to extract the .IMA floppy disk image from the .exe downloaded from Intel's site.

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jd2066
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> Except because of the order my HDDs were listed in, it installed itself to drive letter "E:" instead of "C:"... but that's a problem with my specific setup, and fixable.

If Windows did decide to install with the drive letter E: you can only fix that by reinstalling Windows and making sure it doesn't detect other drives or partitions as C: first.
You usually hide the drives or partitions from the setup with a boot disc that can set the partitions to be hidden and then the setup will usually pick C: for the system drive letter.
After that you just unhide the partitions the same way and the drives will appears as letters D: and up.

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