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No Hard Disc found after crash

I installed a few new programms and couldn´t start the computer again after that. so forced by "half knowledge" i tried a few things (sanitizer, reset the computer) but nothing works. if i try to install windows XP again it says no hard drive found and cancel the installation proces. i just can´t install windows again and i havn´t got the recover boot CD :-( so what to do? anybody can help?

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  • siesmi Jan 29, 2009

    thanks for the answer..... i tried this but nothing happened if i pressed F1..... at the end i dissabled SATA native mode and could install windows and all drivers, so it´s working now ;-))

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Compaq uses F10 at boot to initiate the recovery program resident on the hard drive partition normally called "Recovery". If you cannot initiate the hard drive at boot then press F1 to get to setup and see if the hard drive is recognized there. If it is not then you will have to troubleshoot the hard drive.
If you have another laptop to try the hard drive out or a laptop to IDE hard drive adapter  (cheap) to connect to a desktop computer as a slave drive you will either verify that the hard drive is bad or it is good and a boot sector problem is at hand. Also if you can get the drive recognized as a slave drive you can either rescue data or format the drive.
These are preliminary steps so post again when you have more information. Steve Medley

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    Stephen Medley Jan 29, 2009

    Thank you for responding as I try to keep track of common oversights with users new to SATA settings and this is one I am beginning to see often. I will add that to my clarifications questions though I suspect that if you had not noticed those settings you may have noted that you had an IDE drive with SATA settings enabled. 


    I am happy that you found the issue and remember that whenever these online queries are addressed that you are my only eyes. Here is a link elaborating on what you were dealing with: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Ho... regards, Steve Medley

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