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Hard drive i tried to install windows xp pro. reformatted drive half way thru install error messagecame up and now pc says no hard drive detected

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Re: hard drive

You may have to replace the hard drive. try this. with the computer turned off, hold down Fn key then press the power button. it will run a diagnostic for HDD. if it will fail starting with a error code 1000 something. replace the hard drive. call dell spareparts 800-3573355.

hope this helps. thanks.

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