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Vaticide187 
21/8/08 8:23:26 AM
Serf
I'm not to savvy with computers, however I'm getting better. The most experience I have is reformatting my desktop and a friends desktop on sever occasions.

However, on my laptop, I'm trying to reformat it with XP, and it's currently on Vista; moreover, when I attempt to install XP on the system, I get the error message: "A Hard disk drive cannot be found on this machine, installation cannot continue. Press F3 to reboot."

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated :D

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bowiee 
21/8/08 11:13:34 AM
Hero
Titan


This may help you figure out what's happing, and provide a solution.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/resolving-setup-did-not-find-any-hard-disk-drives-during-w

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Vaticide187 
23/8/08 5:41:32 AM
Serf
I messed up on the title, it should be Vista to XP, however I attempted to use the linked site to help, but I ran into trouble when HP doesn't have my harddrive listed as having a driver.

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Cpt. Lock 
23/8/08 7:57:52 AM
Banned

boot into the BIOS and make sure you've got the compatibility settings set on your hard drive so as your windows XP cd can see the drive. The issue is that your SATA controller doesn't have drivers on the windows XP cd.

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bowiee 
23/8/08 12:44:06 PM
Hero
Titan


Yep that what the link I posted above says. I t has instructions on how to get around this, but there appears to be no xp drivers for his Sata controller available to put into the slipstreamed setup suggested in the link above. :(

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amdDarcy 
26/8/08 7:32:27 AM
Guru

Check in your bios that the sata drive is set to run as ide and not achi. If its set to be seen as achi you will need to install driver for xp to see it, However if it is set to ide mode xp will install just fine.

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Doctor Octopus 
26/8/08 3:49:15 PM
Disciple
Just as a side note, I've tried this once with another person's lappy, and finding the drivers for the thing to work properly with XP is a real pain in the but, afterwards I just slipped another 512mb of ram in the thing, worked a charm :-)

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