Cannot find correct sata drivers for installing windows xp I have a windows 7 pro 64-bit and need to install XP to dual boot. I have a new Dell optiplex 7010 SFF and cannot find the right drivers to detect my SATA hard drive. The drivers from dell do not have the right inf file to load into easyBCD. So the install ends with no mass storage. Registry key ControlSetxxx services in target's system hive (xxx is default ControlSet number, the number in 'Default' value in 'Select' key, usually '001') You can find service name in.inf file (in AddService line) and txtsetup.oem in driver package. The hard drive is blank- no data/partitions. Regardless of what's done with the drive, this shouldn't impact the ability of the Windows installation disc to detect the hardware- if the disk is.


When you perform specific actions or open certain files, your computer crashes or programs freeze.


Windows 7 Disk Check
Sometimes, your computer is noticeably slower or programs 'hang' when you access certain files. This problem might occur because there are errors on your hard disk drive.
You can troubleshoot the problem by using the Disk Check tool in Windows 7. Disk Check can identify and automatically correct file system errors and make sure that you can continue to load and write data from the hard disk. You can use Disk Check in Windows 7 not only for local hard drives, but also for removable media such as USB memory sticks or memory cards.
Note Please make sure that you close all open programs and files before you start the disk check.
1. Right-click the Start Windows icon.
2. In the shortcut menu, click Open Windows Explorer.
3. In the navigation pane, click Computer so that your drives appear in the right pane.
4. Right-click the drive that you want to check.
5. Click Properties.
6. Click the Tools tab.
7. Click the Check now button.
8. In the Check Disk <disk name> window, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box.
Note If you want to perform a detailed test of the hard drive, you can select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box. You should do that in the justified suspicion of existing hardware error in any case. But please note that the operation can then take a long time. For a first routine check, we recommend that you do not select this option.
9. Click Start.
10. If the drive that you want to check is currently in use and it is your system drive, you will see a dialog box with a warning message. In this case, click Schedule disk check.
11. Exit all open programs, and then restart your computer. The checking will start automatically before next Windows startup and display the results when completed.
12. If you are not checking the system drive, you do not have to turn off the computer. However, the selected drive may also be in use. In this case, you receive a message. After you have saved all files and close all open programs, click Force a dismount.
13. The checking starts immediately. After it is completed, the results will be displayed.

Ashwani Tiwari Modified: November 9th, 2020 Windows Error

“I have a desktop that I added PCI based raid controller card as well. The BIOS displays the card and I was able to configure Raid 1 without any issue. But when I try to install Windows I got an error message “Windows cannot be installed to disk. This system hardware may not support booting to a disk. Ensure the disk controller is enabled in the computer’s BIOS Menu.”

So, could you please help me to fix the issue of how to enable the disk controller in the computer bios menu? Your help would be greatly appreciated.”

Are you still facing the same issue? Not able to understand what to do and how to enable the disk controller in the BIOS menu? Do not worry, you are landed on the right page. In this blog, we will discuss different ways to enable the disk’s controller in BIOS menu.

Expert Suggestion:
In case of data loss, try out this utility:

Microsoft Hard Disk Controller Driver

Manual Way to Enable Disk Controller in BIOS

Microsoft Hard Disk Controller Drivers


There are multiple ways to enable AHCI mode for SATA on PC where Windows is already installed, and Windows that normally run after this operation. Please have a look on steps to solve your query on how to enable disk controller in bios menu windows 10:

  • First of all, run the Registry Editor
  • For this, press Windows + R and type regedit in the command line box
  • Go to this section HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services iaStorV
  • Double-click on Start icon and set its value to zero (0)
  • In the upcoming section, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services iaStorAV StartOverride set zero value for element 0
  • In this section, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services storahci set some values to zero for Start element.
  • In the next subsection, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services storahci StartOverride set zero value for element 0.
  • In this case, there is nothing to be seen, but you can see, if AHCI may not be enabled yet.
  • Close the Registry Editor
  • Restart the system and go to BIOS or UEFI. For the first time after a restart, it is always better to boot Windows in safe mode
  • In BIOS or UEFI, find SATA settings to choose the particular mode for memory devices. Switch all of them to AHCI, save settings and restart the PC
  • After restarting, Windows can start the installation of SATA drivers, and when it gets over, it will ask for another restart. To do so, users will enable the AHCI mode in Windows. (If the above method does not work properly, here is another solution. To initiate with, if users have problems with booting Windows in AHCI mode, return to IDE and restart the desktop, After doing this:)
  • Start the Command promptas an Administrator
  • Type “bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal” in the command prompt and press Enter key
  • After getting a message that the operation successfully completed, restart the computer system
  • Before booting the system, enable the disk controller in BIOS or UEFI using the above method and save the settings
  • The PC will only boot up in safe mode and install all required drivers.
  • Again, launch Command prompt as Administrator and type in bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot
  • Once the command is executed, restart the PC again. This time, Windows needs to boot with AHCI enabled and without any restrictions.
Microsoft hard drive

Well, these instructions can theoretically result in unintended consequences like the inability to start the operating system. Moreover, this method requires technical skills and knowledge to accomplish the task. Here you have got the solution for your query How do I enable disk’s controller in the BIOS menu?

Data Loss Solution!!

There might be an instance, wherein the drive gets corrupt or format while enabling the disk controller in BIOS. Therefore, to resolve all such issues, one can use Computer Data Recovery Software. It is a simple and reliable solution, which helps to recover all deleted files from the HDD. It is not the solution for your main concern on how to enable disk controller in the computer bios menu Windows 10, 8, 7 and brands Asus, Acer, Sony Vaio, Dell, Samsung etc.

Microsoft Hard Drive

Time to Conclude

At certain times, some users fail to enable disk controller in BIOS. This situation occurs due to several reasons. Therefore, in this blog, we have discussed a manual procedure to enable the disk’s controller in the BIOS menu. Else, users can opt for a reliable third-party tool, listed above. Mainly focused on steps to enable disk controller in bios menu Sony Vaio, Asus, Acer, Dell, Samsung in Windows 10, 8, 7 etc.

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