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I need to run a repair install on WindowsXP on a segate sata drive. It's plugged into an asus motherboard. The repair doesn't recognize the partition (unknown) and from what I understand, thats because i need to load the sata drivers before I proceed.

  1. Can anyone confirm this?
  2. Where can I get these drivers? I don't quite know what i'm looking for
  3. How do I do it? Do I load it on a CD or something?

Thanks!

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If you did not have the proper Sata driver, setup would not see the hard drive at all. Unknown partition is a sign of another more serious problem. –  Moab Jun 7 '11 at 10:53

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Sometimes, like it sounds in your case - You will need to load SATA drivers during a repair / install. When the XP disc is loading - It will say something similar to 'Press F6 to load SATA drivers' - This will begin a search on the floppy drive.

If you download the drivers for your motherboard, you should be able to find them from asus support site, extract them onto a floppy disc and your good to go.

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don't have a floppy disc drive. If i burn the drivers to a CD-rom will that work? And do I just get the standard SATA drivers for my moterboard? –  David Jun 7 '11 at 9:36
    
A CD might work - As long as you have two drives. Your XP CD is in one - Might be able to take it out temporarily though. Yes standard SATA drivers should be fine. –  steve Jun 7 '11 at 9:40
    
I'm having a go with this: news.softpedia.com/news/… –  David Jun 7 '11 at 10:05
    
nope, didn't work.. –  David Jun 7 '11 at 10:43
    
What about it didn't work? Did you get an error? –  uSlackr Jun 7 '11 at 11:35

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