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Dual boot problem

I have been trying to install XP on a formatted hard disk which has Vista on it already. I always get this error when installing the XP: Setup did not find any hard disk drive s installed in your computer. Can you please help me solve this problem....Thanks.........

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Here's a great tutorial regarding that

my question is did you create partition on your disk? or your using a secondary drive? if not read the tutorial

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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Xp can not recognized the sata hard drive u have to install sata drivers before installing xp.

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