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HP laptop Hello. I wanted to ask a questoin. I Got a HP laptop (dont know wich model it is) It has celeron M and vista home on it. I was asked to get rid of vista and put windows xp on it. So in the bios i used the option Disk sanitizer. To make the laptop clean for xp. Well after that he wouldn't see the Hard disk. So i did a HDD self check in bios and it says everythink is oke. Well he still wont see it and there is no OS on it now. So I tried to install xp on my external hard disk. Well that didnt work. He won't boot from by external hardisk. Do you have any tips. On these questions. How to make my hardisk work again. Or how to boot from my external hardisk. It is not mine laptop a friend of mine got it with a telephone. I have no driver CD or DVD. I only have the windows XP CD from my PC. Please help ime pulling my hair out here

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The problem is that the hard drive in the unit is a SATA (serial) drive. And The XP cd will not see your hard drive without the SATA drivers. You said that you clean out your hard drive, did you delete all partitions? HP puts the recovery files on a D partition if it is still there, there is hope for recovering Vista and all the drivers. If not you may need to order the Recovery cd's from HP.

Try this when you boot the laptop, hit F11 as it is booting. See if the recovery menu comes up. If it does, than proceed with a full recovery. If it does not, then you will need the cd's.

Here is a HP document on how to add serial drivers to a XP installation

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&docname=c00758841&dlc=en&product=3243161

You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Posted on Oct 16, 2008

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