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It sounds possible that your Windows XP install CD does not contain the necessary hard disk device drivers for the drive used in your Dell Vostro laptop and you would need to load these drivers separately during the XP install when the option is given to use third-party device drivers.
Some laptops may provide options in their BIOS settings to use a compatibility mode of operation for newer SATA hard drives that will make them visible to bootable utilities such as disk imaging software and older OS install CD's.
No it is not if Vista is already loaded. In order for it to work and have a dual-boot, the earlier OS must be loaded first. So, first you must have Windows XP; then you can load Windows Vista; however it does not work the other way around. So if you wanted to have both, you would have to wipe your hard drive clean, load Windows XP, then load Windows Vista....Good Luck.
(1) go to Hp.com - load load the necessary Xp drivers for your unit - burn them to cd - then aquire a replacement hdd - install Xp on that - install the required drivers and walla you have one hdd with vista and another with XP
Dear the drivers which u have for vista for eg LAN / SOUND/ CHIPSET they all are common for any operating system ur load...............so don't take tension install xp & load the drivers.........................Sameeraryan