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Can't Install Xp Due To Hdd Disappearing


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#1 fluxx23

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:31 AM

I'm trying to install Windows XP on a laptop. Specifically a Compaq Presario V5000. The hard drive seems to work fine when I boot into linux or something like UBCD4Win but when I go to install windows it tells me:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.---Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3.
Doesn't give me the option to format the existing hard drive, but it shows up fine in the BIOS. What could be the issue here and how can I resolve it?

-- EDIT: SOLVED, see last post --

Edited by fluxx23, 31 March 2008 - 08:42 AM.


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Posted 31 March 2008 - 07:57 AM

As kind of an update, I've reset the partitions on this hard drive. It's showing up fine in UBCD4Win but when I reboot, it tells me NTLDR is missing. That is a good sign isn't it? Because if the HDD was not recognized, it wouldn't even give me that message. Or is that not true?

Otherwise, when I try to boot from the XP install disc, I still get the no hdd error. =\

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:40 AM

SOLVED!!

For those who encounter this problem later, there is an option within the BIOS called "SATA Native Support", if this is enabled, DISABLE it! Reboot the computer and try to install Windows again, if it's the same issue I've described here, it should work!

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Edited by fluxx23, 31 March 2008 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:14 AM

Glad you solved it! Thanks for letting us know.
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