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Installation problem Dear Sir, While i installing windows XP to COMPAQ Laptop it is not installing, it says your harddrive is not installing in your computer. i wanted to know what is the reason.Laptop having Windows vista operating system.

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It means the install cannot see or detect the hard disk and is caused by :-
Incorrect BIOS setting for the hard drive.
A faulty hard drive.
The hard drive is not seated correctly on the hard drive connector.

Test the hard drive in another laptop or attach the hard drive to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port, if it see the drive as an external drive and you can copy and delete files to this drive then it is OK and the fault is with the laptop.

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Dear Madame/Sir, Recently my computer (a compaq laptop from hp) crashed. I tried to open the recovery program, but it won't start. I think the program can't find my driver (c or d?). What should...

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1) If you want to save your personal information perform a repair.
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2) If you wish to bring the laptop back to Day 1, (As it came from the factory), perform a Full Installation.
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