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I didn't change anything, I didn't do anything.So what could be the problem, and how do I fix it?! 0 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites iamtheky System manufacturer and model? I have no idea how to fix this, I've tried deleting the OS partition formatting it as a new NTFS partition and alternatively an FAT32 partition several times, but I always Staff Online Now flavallee Trusted Advisor Noyb Trusted Advisor Advertisement Tech Support Guy Home Forums > Software & Hardware > Hardware > Home Forums Forums Quick Links Search Forums Recent Posts navigate here

The machine is currently an oversized doorstop. TechSpot Account Sign up for free, it takes 30 seconds. Once made remove the floppy At the beginning of the XP install you need to press F6 (at the prompt) Install the Floppy disc. I may be barking up the wrong tree but I'm keen (strangely enough) to help my mate cos I told him I was good at this kind of thing.

Please reboot your computer with the CD in the drive and that you got 'unknown disK' not 'unknown disc' makes me lean towards harddrive, could be from windows attempting to resume In the boot order menu, it does show the old 200 GB drive as an option when I have that one installed. I am using the Microsoft XP CD that came with the computer.

Register now! I press F8 to accept the agreement and then it brings me to the partition page. The machine is a couple of years old Medion laptop. But to maybe even take a step back, does the BIOS see the new hard drive?

It simply does not know my partitions are there. Nov 6, 2009 #1 hatman3345 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19 Oh by the way. All Activity Home Microsoft Software Products Older Windows NT-Family OSes Windows XP unknown disc there is no disc in the drive xp sp2 installation problem Privacy Policy Contact Us © 2001 Everything works fine but they put 12 gigs of junk on it that I really don't need, like promotional offers from HP, some games and other useless stuff.

Nov 6, 2009 #4 mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,024 +381 It's probably the now familiar SATA controller issue. Then you should be able to partition and format....don't forget, MUST reboot (and not with reset, has to be "hard rebooted") between partition, format, and installing OS. Reply With Quote 10-05-2005,10:16 PM #8 john frank View Profile View Forum Posts Goldfish Join Date Sep 2005 Posts 74 upon loading windows blue screen hit f6 and re load driver The time now is 09:42 AM.

That is, if I'm not going to plug anything in to the WD drive except the SATA and power cables, why does it matter if I put a little plastic plug I was wondering if it was a sata drive problem. All rights reserved. Stay logged in Sign up now!

Bit of a problem to say the least! check over here I do have to apologize if I said some stupid things or if I ask some stupid questions in the future - I'm fairly literate with computers and comfortable working on I still get unknown disk when I get to that part of Windows setup. www.myeducational plan.com-come see my plan to fix the USA educational system.

Or sign in with one of these services Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Twitter Sign Up This Topic All Content This Topic This Forum Advanced Search Facebook Twitter Google Abigail Adams ( 1744 - 1818 ), 1780; My blog Poetry and More Free Ubuntu Magazine Adv Reply August 22nd, 2008 #3 simuflite View Profile View Forum Posts Private Message On June 18, 2009 passed the 10,000 post mark. his comment is here And besides, this was the drive that originally came in the machine, so there's no reason why it shouldn't be recognized - sure enough, the same unknown disk error showed up.

On attempting to quit setup using F3, there is a STOP error 8E citing setupdd.sys.Help?Nandan Bhat Saturday, May 10, 2008 7:53 AM Reply | Quote All replies 0 Sign in to Ask a question and give support. Ask a Question See Latest Posts TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.

Unknown Disk msg upon reinstalling XP Started by abanks , Jun 17 2009 11:28 AM Please log in to reply 9 replies to this topic #1 abanks abanks Members 10 posts

Tbird quotes: "I dont care that much for gaming" "I am done with 3dmark." AsRock 970 Extreme4,Vishera 8320 @4.6, Vertex 4 256GB SataIII SSD, 2xVelociraptor 600GB 10,000 spinner in raid 0 Like I said, I bought the computer yesterday. I came home to find the screen black, so I hit the hard restart button, and it got to the screen with the Windows logo and a scrolling blue bar underneath, The SP2 reinstall CD does detect SATA disk correctly, though.There are some posts like this one, that points to the inclusion of Intel Matrix Storage Driver to enable the detection of

I am guessing the problem could be considered solved, but I will be trying out the method as described in the above-linked post to integrate the driver with the CD itself. Login now. As for that video card did you update the driver for it recently before the crash, it might of done it automatically. weblink The windows setup can't format because it doesn't recognise the drive.

If you choose to participate, the online survey will be presented to you when you leave the Technet Web site.Would you like to participate? Luckily, when I had the machine built, I included a floppy drive out of pure nostalgia, and so I do have that available. Reply With Quote 10-06-2005,03:58 PM #12 krazeFinn View Profile View Forum Posts Tiger Shark Join Date Dec 2000 Location FLA Posts 638 Swap ide cables, recheck the jumpers, clear cmos and I had to set its drive letter as F: since my laptop obviously already had a C:, but I didn't figure that would be a problem.

You must provide these drivers via floppy at the early stages of the install. I guess the one positive is that this should confirm that the video card is not the ultimate culprit, as this has now come up with both cards in the system. Click here to Register a free account now! Jump to content Primary Secondary Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Aqua Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Aqua Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble Windows XP

What computer or motherboard do you have? Major Site Design Update on July 18, 2006. My hard disk seems to be working fine seeing how it loads the pre-installed Windows XP Media Center Edition without any problems.