SATA HDD Experience

Installing Windows XP on a SATA hard disk is a real pain.

I just did a hard disk upgrade of an ACER Extensa 5210 laptop. I replaced the existing 80GB SATA hard disk with a 160GB. The original hard disk got a Windows Vista Home thus I don't want it installed on the new HDD.

The actual replacement of the HDD is no problem at all, everything was very straight forward, after removing a few screws at the back cover of the laptop. After which, I was then very eager to start installation of the new operating system. It was well and good until the time that I need to format the HDD, Windows XP prompts me that installation can't continue as no HDD is present. Why was that, I said to myself?

I checked the BIOS, the new HDD was detected. I tried using a rescue disk and the HDD was detected. This means that the HDD was properly installed but Windows XP is not able to detect it.

I searched the net for an answer. I came across heaps of the same problem and several solutions. The best solutions so far were Travelmate 6291 and Extensa 5220. I used the former as it provided more detailed steps.

After following the step-by-step procedure, I was able to create a modified version of Windows XP installer disk complete with SATA disk drivers. Then finally, everything was went as expected.

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).