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By ebrown1927 ·
This may belong in PC troubleshooting support. I had XP Pro on this hard drive. It became corrupted. Using the Western Digital tools I first used their DataLifeguard tool to format and place a partition on the hard drive. I have put all 0000's on the hard drive. Their diagnostic disk says the Hard Drive is good. It works in other computers. But when I try to put XP Pro clean install back on the disk I get the message that it cannot find a hard drive. I believe this may be a mbr problem but really have no idea what is causing this to happen. I have set the bios to the following boot order:
1. floppy disk
2. cd drive
3. hard drive
This computer has 512mb of RAM
gigahz 1.5gig
the hard drive is a 200 gig hd
set to hd 0 in the bios.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to XP Pro install says no ha ...

Is this a SATA HDD? If so you will need to download SATA drivers from your mb mfror have a floppy/cd with them on it.

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How to Bypass XP no hard disk found error

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I had the same problem with a laptop I got. Bad hard disk. put in a new hard disk did not want vista but XP disk said no hard drive found even though bios saw it.

I changed SATA enhanced mode to disabled for Legacy support. Worked a treat XP installed no problem.

I imagine I could probably put it back once XP is installed for better performance. It should only be needed for the installation.

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by ebrown1927 In reply to XP Pro install says no ha ...

ata not sata. EIDE in other words

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EIDE not sata

by techrepublic In reply to

its likely the same thing a matter of supporting the drive. See if your bios has a legacy mode for the hard disk.

ALSO some older machines can not use the new larger hard disks. in this case your limited to 65gb BUT ONLY for the first partition. Make your first partition smaller than 65gb (also if you use a BACKUP partition make sure both the primary and backup partition are under 65gb TOTAL)

once your in windows you can format the REST of the hard drive space anyway you want. Its just the bios choking on it.

I have 10 year old machines with 250gb hard drives this way works great.

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by jordanspcrepair In reply to XP Pro install says no ha ...

when windows installation starts up and displays "setup is inspecting your hardware" press F6 immediately and load the drivers for your hard drive. this is due to EIDE, SCSI, and SATA hard drives controller need drivers for windows to install.

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by ebrown1927 In reply to

I do not understand how to load the drivers to a hard drive that is hidden from the installation. I must be missing something here. Where would I install them?

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Hidden Hard Disk

by techrepublic In reply to

its not hidden. its inaccessable. Loading the driver does not load it to the hard disk. it loads it resident into MEMORY (ie ram) so that the installation is then ABLE to see the previously inaccessible hard disk.

Imagine your unlocking your door and you have the wrong key. as you reaching for the knob you hit PAUSE to time and space. you turn around and say hey you got the key for this door. I say sure here you go and I put the key in your hand.

you hit resume to time and space and now you have the key to open the door.

this is what your doing with the F6 to load the drivers. your ENABLING the xp install to "see" the hard disk properly.

Again though you should be able to enable a LEGACY mode in bios for the hard disk (unless its SCSI then you really do need the disk) to enable access to the drive.

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by zlitocook In reply to XP Pro install says no ha ...

If it is not a SATA drive, it will have a regular ribbon cable not a single wire with a small connector. XP may not like the partition you made, boot to a Win98 floppy and do an FDISK, delete all partitions and boot to the XP CD. If the CDrom and the hard drive are on the same cable try putting them on their own cable.

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by ebrown1927 In reply to

I have done this several times. Does not help. I am going to try now to install wk2 on this drive and see if it will install. Any further ideas will be tried.
Thanks for your in put.

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