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Windows XP* Setup Cannot Find Hard Drive


Last Reviewed: 24-Aug-2017
Article ID: 000006704

Windows setup is likely to fail, if:

  • Your Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive is set to AHCI mode in BIOS, and
  • You install Windows XP* without using an F6 driver

If your setup fails, you receive a message that it cannot find any hard drives. You may also get the error STOP: 0x0000007B.

To resolve this problem, change the drive mode in BIOS. If your SATA drive supports AHCI, you can use the F6 driver diskette during Windows XP setup.

Using the Drive Mode

  1. During boot, enter the BIOS setup by pressing F2.
  2. Depending on your board, do one of the following:
    • Go to the Configuration > SATA Drives menu, set Configure SATA to IDE
    • Go to the Advanced > Drive Configuration menu, set ATA/IDE Mode to Native
  3. Press F10 to Save and Exit

Using F6

This option displays in the status line and lets you use a computer manufacturer's mass storage controller driver. Near the beginning of Windows Setup, Windows pauses briefly and displays the following prompt:

Press F6 if you need to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver.

For instructions on using F6, refer to F6 Installation Method.

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This article applies to:

Discontinued Products

Intel® Desktop Board DQ33HS
Intel® Desktop Board D945GZCC2
Intel® Desktop Board CA810E
Intel® Desktop Board DQ963GS
Intel® Desktop Board D845PECE
Intel® Desktop Board D815EFV