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Alright, got my computer today! It purred on the first try, so i threw in xp. suddenly, it wouldn't recognize my hard drive. i go back, silly me, i forgot the SATA cord. so it's plugged into the hdd and the power is hooked in too. again, not recognized. i search around the internet to find that the drivers need to be put on floppy. Problem is, I NEVER GOT A CD, ONLY THE HDD!!!

So I'm sitting here with a floppy ready to be written, and can't find the drivers i need. can someone help me? it's for the:

Maxtor Diamondmax 10 250gb/16 mb if it helps. Thanks!
    
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Is the motherboard in your sig?

The Nforce4 controller has no need for DOS drivers if not set to RAID and since you have a single drive you will not need a RAID to be set.. With normal MS drivers, the drive will function.

Enter your BIOS and be certain that every instances of RAID is disabled. The A8N32 motherboard has been shown to have a BIOS bug with controller support. Thus I would advise that you have the latest BIOS installed.

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well i put in the a8n32 CD and it just went to a black screen, nothing happened

I have the necessary drivers on my computer but now with this PIECE OF **** dell i plug in my external floppy and it says i have two floppies now. it puts the external one as Flobby B:\\ and the floppy that doesn't exist as floppy A:\\. Now when I run the program from Maxtor (it's a boot disk creator, it says i don't have a disk in drive A:\\ because it's not really there, and i can't switch it!

ARRGGHH! I AM OUT OF IDEAS! I don't have RAID set, and I will check to make sure but what do i di if it just goes back?
    
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I have the 300gb version of that HDD and it did not need drivers for it. Any way to solve the floppy A/B thing, some BIOSes have the option to disable one so you might try looking into that.
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when i put the hdd in and load xp after the first bootup, it goes through, i press enter to install xp and it says the hard drive doesn't exist.

everywhere else says you need the drivers. I cannot figure out in the BIOS of the a8n32 where to configure RAID and stuff, it isn't anywhere. i checked. if anyone can help, it'll be appreciated.
    
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ok so i had the SATA cable in the RAID_2 plugin. it's now in SATA 1 port, in the BIOS SATA 1 and 2 and SATA 3 and 4 are enabled, butRAID is disabled.

it still says it's not there. what should i try now?
    
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Is yourRAID controller completely controlled/configured in the BIOS? on my P4P800SE there is a seperate "BIOS" that pops up during post that can be entered by CRL+L and in there I can make or delete an array. In BIOS I only have options for "enhanced" IDE which if selected then recognises the SATA--if I do not select "Enhanced" in the IDE Configuration menu in BIOS then no SATA drive shows up in XP--is that the prob?
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when i get to the post, i tried CTRL+L but nothing happened. The only place to set RAID and the SATA 1 and 2 is in the IDE config on the main bios screen. I have my HDD plugged in SATA1. the SATA 1 and 2 ports are next to each other on the mobo, and SATA 3 and 4 are next to each other. in the bios, i have SATA 1 and 2 enabled, SATA 3 and 4 ENABLED, and RAID Disabled. i can't find anywhere else in the BIOS or documentation to change or get rid of RAID

the thing is, my hdd never came with a CD. i think i'm screwed till i get it

on a side note, my external floppy on the dell only comes up as Drive B:\\. any way to change it to a?
    
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Originally Posted by Mattybass
Alright, got my computer today! It purred on the first try, so i threw in xp. suddenly, it wouldn't recognize my hard drive. i go back, silly me, i forgot the SATA cord. so it's plugged into the hdd and the power is hooked in too. again, not recognized. i search around the internet to find that the drivers need to be put on floppy. Problem is, I NEVER GOT A CD, ONLY THE HDD!!!

So I'm sitting here with a floppy ready to be written, and can't find the drivers i need. can someone help me? it's for the:

Maxtor Diamondmax 10 250gb/16 mb if it helps. Thanks!

I have the same HDD as you; just installed it 3 days agoe. But anyways you really don't need a cd to install your HDD. Just make sure you have your SATA cord plugged in and your power cord. And jumper pin set to Master. Run a new copy of windows and install your MB drivers..
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Run a new copy... As in a new Windows XP disk?
    
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