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I want to dual boot win 7 and win xp, but when I try to install xp, setup says that they can't find any hard drives.

My first thought was that maybe SATA III or UEFI had something to do with it but I have no idea.
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I want to dual boot win 7 and win xp, but when I try to install xp, setup says that they can't find any hard drives.

My first thought was that maybe SATA III or UEFI had something to do with it but I have no idea.
Most boards now-a-days are sold with little signs in the box that say due to X&X this baord iisnt compatable with windows XP, 2000, 98 ETC


Do you have a floppy disk? you can often load the .cab files from the drivers into a floppy disk and load it into the windows installation

(Also is your PC using RAID or IDE mode?)
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I just read that AHCI might have something to do with it. Would is do anything it I went from AHCI to IDE?

EDIT: I don't have a floppy
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I just read that AHCI might have something to do with it. Would is do anything it I went from AHCI to IDE?

EDIT: I don't have a floppy
From past experiences, that is the issue you're having. Just switch it to IDE and install.

Good luck!
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I just read that AHCI might have something to do with it. Would is do anything it I went from AHCI to IDE?

EDIT: I don't have a floppy
(Switching from ACHI to IDE might compromise windows 7 if it does read below)

Well heres a trick with windows 7 ..

Switch to IDE mode. When you try to boot it will fail.

Put in the windows 7 Installation CD and enter recovery mode

Windows will then detect and automatically install the IDE drivers to your OS

then boot in IDE mode....


Does your board support making a flash drive appear as drive A:? If so you wont need one just a flash drive.
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I just read that AHCI might have something to do with it. Would is do anything it I went from AHCI to IDE?

EDIT: I don't have a floppy
Your windows 7 wouldn't boot anymore

I know you can go from ide mode to ahci but I don't think you can go the other way around

do what the guy above said
    
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Is there a chance that files would get corrupted or something like that?
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I want to dual boot win 7 and win xp, but when I try to install xp, setup says that they can't find any hard drives.

My first thought was that maybe SATA III or UEFI had something to do with it but I have no idea.
You have to install MS's OSs in the order they were released. If you install an older OS it will step all over the newer OS's boot sector/boot loader.

There are workarounds on MS's website.
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Do you think you could link them?

Also, would switching to IDE affect SSD performance
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Do you think you could link them?

Also, would switching to IDE affect SSD performance
Unless you SSD uses NCQ i dont think so..

How would it use NCQ

I dont think you can hotswap any more either...

benchmark it for us. You can always revert back.
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