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Hard disk not found on Dell

I tried to install XP on my Dell inspirion which has come with vista pre loaded. I booted with the XP cd and at the installation screen, there was an error that says" there is no harddisk to install the os, please connect to the system...." something like this.  how to solve this. when my laptop has 160 gb hdd why is it not showing?

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  • mailtovamsid Jan 08, 2009

    Thanks a lot !


    But i did the same thing with my lenova laptop, which was having vista. I was able to install xp by formatting the vista. But with dell, it doesn't show hardisk .


    Is it possible to make harddisk invisible.


    As of my knowledge when we try to install a lower version of os on higher version, we first select the drive and then the error comes" cannot install, the version is lowerr ......"



  • mailtovamsid Jan 10, 2009

    Thanks a lot, it worked for me after enabling AHCI in SATA Bios.



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Actually you cant install operating system. first u have to install lower version and then install higher version of os. install original operating system dont use pirated version

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