Windows XP setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

This error usually happens when installing windows XP on newer computers, Also very common problem on laptop computers particularly Acer laptops where the default SATA mode is AHCI.

1. Boot up your computer and press F2 or delete key.

2. Once you are able to get into the BIOS, go to Main (for acer computers) or look for SATA Mode and change it to IDE Mode (the default is AHCI Mode).

3. Press F10 and select save changes and exit.

4. Reboot and continue with the OS installation, the installer should be able to detect the drive now.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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