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Message: missing or not connected HD

I tried upgrade my XP home edition to XP pro. w/sp3 on Compaq Presario c304nr. I formatted the HD, created boot disketts & installed, then was request the CD. After a while a message keep popping up, HD missing or not connected. I tried several times than I had to give up.
Can you tell me please what could be the problem?

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  • josti Dec 17, 2008

    Hi Poohawk

    I followed your advise and I did several times, then I purchased a new HD and memory sticks, same result. I tried many different variation, different message in blue screen. Finally I toke to Fry's to install the XP pro sp3, but they told me they need the Recovery disk also because system drives need to be reinstalled the right way. I got pissed off to go there for nothing, when I got home I throw in the Recovery diskette and the system started, but took about 4hrs. Now I need upgrade to XP pro sp3, but with this new technology systems I stock. Do you have any advise how to do, because the Frys charge $100.00 and I just spent $140.00 on XP Pro, $150.00 on HD & memory and the Lap Top was $600.00 on sale 2yrs ago.

    Thanks for your advise!

    Sincerely: Joseph Szigeti

  • josti Dec 20, 2008

    I purchased my Laptop w/XP Home edition and I upgrade to XP pro sp3, but with these new technology systems I am stock. Do you have any advise how to solve my problem?

    An other question: I plan to downgrade Vista Home edition to XP pro sp3, it is any chance to give my advise on that solution also?

    Thanks for taking your time answer my recent questions too!

    Sincerely: Joseph Szigeti


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Try to remove and reinstall the HD and memory module(s) and see if that doesn't help. If not, get back to me for some more ideas. Thanks!

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  • Ron Roske Dec 19, 2008

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. If I'm understanding your question, you have XP install, but now need to install SP 3? If that is what you need to do,just go to the XP section of the Microsoft website,select SP3 and download it and go through the install process. If I haven't understood your question,pleasegetbackto me and correct my misunderstanding.


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