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Windows cant find an installed hard drive

I got a mega like ebola virus in my pc and am attempting to install win xp to wipe it clean please help. I dont know what I need to do in bios to make it recognize the hard drive. I know all cables are connected correctly and everything works xcept everything in windows. Please help.

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2 Way to solve that:

1. Change in the Bios - SATA SETTINGS - to Native Mode \ ATA \ IDE
2. Load HDD drivers from floppy:
http://tinyurl.com/lajwx

goodluck :)

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