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I have a VoodooM780 that is not seeing the hard drives.

It runs post then says no bios installed, but when i hit the F2 button it goes into the phoenix utility where is still see no hard drives.It didnt come with an OS. I am trying to install a fresh XP and it also says no drives attached.Help

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Your computer is failing to see that hardisk because it is not formated. download a DOS 6.22 bootdisk. boot from it, and type fdisk
hit enter
then type 1, hit enter
tell it to make a primary partiton
follow the onscreen instructions.
once you are done it will ask you to reboot
put the cd in the computer and hit enter
then type format c: /s
it will make c: a bootable drive
then run your windows installer

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