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I have Dell inpiron 1420. It It became unbootable to windows xp pro after I set up the bios to default. Strange! I tried using safe mode , Last known config. and alsot I started to boot it from XP cd but I got an error massage saying SETUP DID NOT FIND ANY HARD DISK INSTALLED IN YOUR COMPUTER.

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Go to the BIOS check whether it is detecting your hard disk or not , if yes , make hard disk as first booting device

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