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Partition not recognized, can't install Windows XP


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#1 jereece

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 01:24 PM

I have a Gateway laptop (couple years old) that had Vista installed on it. It somehow got totally messed up so I was going to reformat and install my old Windows XP Pro. When I booted from the Windows XP disk, after it loads the drivers, it says "Unknown Disk. There si no disk in this drive". So I removed the hard drive and connected it to my desktop computer as an external drive and it shows 2 partitions. I reformatted each of the partitions and put it back into the laptop. Booted from the Windows XP CD and it still says there is no disk in this drive. I rebooted and entered the bios. The bios shows the disk drive as normal.

So I have a hard drive that works but for some reason Windows XP install disk does not recognize. Any suggestions. I need to get XP installed on this laptop.

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Jim

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 02:19 PM

after it loads the drivers,

Is this a SATA drive? You may have to load special drivers for it. (at the point when it asks you to push F6 to load drivers)

The drivers for that would be on the computer manufacturer's web site.


I hope this helps.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 02:36 PM

How do you load the drivers before the operating system?




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