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New installed hard drive not recognized on C304NR Laptop

Swapped out hard drives on a C304NR Laptop and the new drive is not recognized while trying to install windows xp. I do not have a recovery cd. The old hard drive will cannot be accessed in any way. I thank you in advance for any assistance you can give me to solve this problem.

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Http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?os=228&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3245634&lang=en

if you have a windows xp cd , then have the computer boot from the xp cd and it should setup and partition the drive for you. it it doesnt find the harddrive at all then download the sata driver and unpack it to a usb pen drive.when xp starts up from the cd then hit f2 to load drivers . it should pickup the sata drive after it had the driver but i would try a normal setup by booting from the cd


or order a set of recovery cds from hp for $15.85

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Sir, try to check the cable or the connection between the hard drive and your laptop. it must be loose and see also the cmos set up if its really detected by your laptop.

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HI,
There could be 3 possiblities here.
1. The HDD you have installed is incompatible. This system would not support a harddrive more than 120 GB.

2. Second, there could be a motherboard problem

3. The new harddrive may require additional drivers to be installed , check if you have got any installation cd with your new harddrive .



I would update , more infor on the same in a moment

Thanks
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Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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    Mandeep Singh Dec 09, 2008

    Troubleshooting steps



    Before Windows opens and while the “Press to enter setup” prompt is displayed in the lowerleft

    corner of the screen, press f10.



    Go to the diagnostic menu option and run the test on your hardrive .If the hardrive fails , it would give you an error of why its failing , if it passes , then you need to install drivers for it to get to work with windows xp. The problem is quite common on big harddrives , from segate , wester digital and hitachi. You may need to call the hardrive manufatcurer.



    IF you could give us the model number of the hDD and the capictiy of the haddrive you are trying to install





    Thanks

    Proton

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Is the new drive SATA? if it is then there is no way you can install XP without having the sata drivers on a floppy disk to help you recognise the hard drive, the only operating system which will install is Vista, this because there are hardly any sata drivers on the XP install CD, it works fine until you get to the part where it says no hard drive detected.
Had this problem loads of times with Intel based laptops

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    Lee Hodgson Dec 09, 2008

    Guys!!!! if the machine only supports SATA then XP will not install unless the machine is running a AMD processor, if it is not then XP will not install, please will you read the posts properly before making your comments

    regards to all

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If the new hard driver that you put is a new one and not tested to be working , this can be a problem with that new hard drive and you may want to use a different hard drive since that one is not being detected...

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Just check whether hard drive is properly placed in your laptop .

If it is not installed properly you cant recognize the hard drive.

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Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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    Install the hard drive properly .

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You will need to get a recovery cd from your manufacturer. with this you can boot the computer from the cd and procede to format and install windows on the new drive. they usually will charge $20 or so for recovery cds.

when you get the cd, put it in the drive and boot the computer. it should load from the cd. if it doesn't, you need to enter the bios to change the boot order. usually you hit a button at startup (del, spacebar, etc) to enter bios, the info is usually displayed on screen.

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