Model: HP Mini 110-1100
Product Num: VF704AV
System Board ID: 308F
CPU: N270 @ 1.60 GHz
Processor: 1600 MHz
Memory: 1024M (1 Gig)
Hard Drive is a
Haven't been on here in a long time but remember the excellent and accurate advice I had received from previous issues. Today is a new one. I am fixing an HP Mini for a friend, and seem to have got myself in a pickle. This is my first laptop without a ROM drive so I had to plug an external one in. When the laptop came to me it had a non-genuine copy of Windows 7 on it and he didn't want this on there. So I tried to install a bonafide and genuine copy of Windows XP at his request; however, when I get to the screen where it wants to format the hard drive the setup process tells me I do not have a hard drive. So I became frustrated with this (after several attempts) and decided to erase the hard drive. Not just format, but sanitized it since I figured this non-genuine copy had somehow corrupted the hard drive or a massive viral infection. I used DBAN to sanitize the hard drive and went to install Windows XP on it and to no avail the same issue arose. There is not a hard drive installed. I am needing some assistance in what might fix my issue.
From what I understand, these HP Mini laptops do not have an optical hard drive and this has left me stumped.
1. Went to Wally World and got a LiteOn 8x USB powered DVD ROM. I returned that ROM drive fearing there was not enough power and fast enough reading to get XP on the laptop. So I returned it.
2. Ended up at Best Buy and got a LG GE24 External 24x with a maximum 48x read speed and which also came with a power supply cord. And ended up with the same issue of the Windows Setup not being able to find a hard drive.
I am not sure whether I need to also plug in an external hard drive (500 tetra) and somehow transfer the setup files, but don't see how I can since I can't seem to get the hard drive in the laptop to even be found. However, it is found in the BIOS and the final report from DBAN that the hard drive is present. Just not in the installation process of Windows XP. I did not format the hard drive after I sanitized it because I wasn't sure if it needed to be. But even if it does, I do not know how to get to DOS without an OS to work off of.
Frustrated and boggled.
Thank you so much for your time and look forward to getting this issue resolved.
Edited by Nikki Rockstar, 14 July 2012 - 12:55 PM.