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Loading xp in my machine wich had vista home premium earlier

Hi guys, i hav  a viao-nr160e, there was a hard disk crash.. as i nt hav any recovery disk. i am not being able to recover my VISTA.. bt nw i want to install windows XP in that, when i do it, it is not detecting any hard drives,, plz help me with this ..

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  • maddy2727 Jan 03, 2009

    i got my hard disk hecked . its wrng ine. nothng wrong with thst.. i just need to install xp in my machine now. so what do u suggest


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If your hard disk crashed then it sounds like the boot partition is corrupted or gone. I'm not sure you can rescue this without some professional software or help for that matter.

Might be just as easy & cheaper to buy a new hard drive & instal from scratch. Hard drive prices have dropped significantly over the last few years & at least you'll get a warranty with the new one!

Hope this helps

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  • Barry Murphy Jan 04, 2009

    I'm not sure I understand your reply to well but here goes.

    Well if you feel the hard drive is fine. Your laptop doesn't seem to like it. Make sure it's connected properly & that nothing has worked lose.

    I would probably try the hard drive in another laptop/notebook to test the hard drive & see will it recognise it. If you have no problems in another machine then try installing it into your notebook again or even try the hard drive from another notebook 1st to see will it recognise that!

    I had this problem before with a hard drive that couldn't be found & when I swopped it with another & then swopped back again it was fine. Strange I know but there you go.

    If your notebook can now see your hard drive just restart with the XP CD in the drive & hit F12 when you power up the notebook then select boot from CD.

    This should get you on your way & it's all automatic from here on!


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