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I want to format my system to xp but i can not do it, please help me, it showing not hard disk find

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Dear! First of all you should use a bootable CD and give commond "FDISK" a message will be appear there press "Y" and press Enter. Now press 4 and check partitions. If there is no partition use a bootable CD again and software name is Active Partitions Recovery. I assure your data will be save and after completing process you need a restart. After restart you can format your drive and install a new operating system. Now your drive will access-able and ready for new installation with your data saving 100% guranteed.
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You most likely have a SATA hard drive in your laptop.

Windows XP does not have SATA drivers as standard as they were introduced after it. It only sees IDE.

When installing you will need to get a copy of your SATA drivers from the manufacturer and hit F6 when prompted to specify SATA drivers - this can be quite tricky with no Floppy drive.

If this is the case you should have a look at nLite and make a copy of Windows XP with your SATA drivers slipstreamed into the install so that they are automatically recognised.

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