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Windows 7: Problems using tools on Hirens boot CD

16 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
Problems using tools on Hirens boot CD

Not sure where this question belongs (performance & maintenance tool related to possible hardware/software issues)

With Hirens 12.0 and 11 I have had problems with mini XP recognising my Sata HDD and Sata DVD writer. Windows 7 has always tagged them as SCSI in device management and I've heard this is not uncommon. It has never affected any software or PC performance so I always ignored it. Except perhaps now.

It may be my problem with Hirens mini XP involves the Windows 7 SCSI tag in device manager. Hirens DOS and linux tools see the sata devices fine (as of course does the BIOS).

Any ideas how I might get mini XP into recognising the sata devices?

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16 Dec 2010   #2

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
I don't know about Mini XP etc but you CAN get a standard XP installation to recognize SATA etc devices etc- you need to SLIPSTREAM the drivers into an XP install disc with at LEAST SP2 applied -- preferably SP3. You can minimize the installation using nLite -- the tutorial will explain how to do it.

You can also create a Bartpe XP disc as well.

Get the software Here All DriverPacks |

Follow the Tutorial Here

Driverpacks Tutorial

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17 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Thanks for the response. I "solved" the problem with a BIOS change which doesn't make complete sense to me.

I'm using an AMI BIOS. Under "Integrated Peripherals" settings I had
- Onboard Sata Controller [Enabled]
- Onboard Sata Mode [AHCI]
which is the way the computer came & is the default.
Windows has always seen the sata (HDD, DVD) as scsi.
When I change the onboard sata mode to [native IDE] windows sees the devices as ATA and Hirens bootCD, SeaTools now work.
Also, if anything the HDD speed has improved a bit.

I would have thought [AHCI] was the correct setting.
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