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Non detection of hard disk in dell laptop while installation of win xp sp2

  1. I hve purchased new dell laptop with dos.
  2. When i m trying to install win xp Sp2 or Win 2003 Server ,it shows the error hard disk cannot b dected.
  3. But i can install Win Vista easily.There is an ESIA Partition of 30 MB in my HDD which cannot b deleted ,it is fat 16 partition.
  4. How can i install win XP SP 2 on my laptop ??
  5. Plz Hlp me out, bcoz i could not keep vista in my pc as it is a triyal version and valid for 30 days only.

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  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    This laptop of dell does not allow Win Xp SP 2 to install,
    It shows the error HDD not dected,but in Vista it doesnot ask any thing.
    In Disk management of vista ,It shows a new ESIA partition and have only one rt click option(help?)Nothing else.

    Is this ESIA partition is responsible for non detection of hard disk while installation of WIN XP SP 2..

    If anybody having any solution regarding this ,thn help me out.....


  • ashish_6148 Sep 09, 2008

    Plz Refer The previous Problem posted By me regarding the same problem......



    I have deleted ESIA partition from my DELL laptop ,through RHEL 5 ,And again tried to installed WIN XP SP2,But during installation ,after copying files.When m pressing "Enter"To Install XP Professional SP2 or Win 2003 Server-->It is showing following Options---->


    • Setup did not find any hard disk installed in your computer.

    • Make sure any HDD drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer,and that any disk related hardware configuration is correct.This may involve running a manufacturer supplied diagnostic or setup program.

    • Setup cannot cannot continue.Press F3 to quit.

    Configuration of My LAPTOP is -->


    • Make DELL

    • Model No. Inspiron 1525 n Series

    • HDD 160 GB

    • RAM 2 GB

    • Processor Core 2 DEO 2.4

    Plz help me out...... how should I install WIN XP SP 2 in my Dell Laptop ????

  • rich medrano
    rich medrano May 11, 2010

    What is the model of your laptop? I don't think you should put win 2003 on your machine. XP is a good OS. Why don't you want to leave Vista on it it your machine is capable of doing that?

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There is a simple solution to ur problem.
When starting laptop go into bios setup and there find the option "hard disk sata=enable or disable".
Disable it and run setup it will definitely detect the hard disk.
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The problem is your laptop uses a sata hard drive and xp does not have sata driver inbuilt so cannot cannot detect the sata drive. see here for more info http://www.trickspedia.com/tips/how-to-install-windows-xp-on-a-sata-hdd-laptop-without-floppy-drive/

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I haven't heard of not being able to delete a partition before. You could go to the manufacturer of the hard drives website and find the software to do a low level format or you could download a linux distribution and use the installer to remove the ESIA partition.

I would need to know the model of hard drive and laptop if you need any further assistance.

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