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Not able to install linux

I have ACER ASPIRE 4710N series it was with linux basic preloaded
but i remove it and install WINDOWS XP, now i want to install LINUX i am trying to install REDHAT LINUX 9.0 but during partitiong it gives error "NO HARD DRIVE FOUND" and installtion aborted.


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    I have ACER ASPIRE 4710N series it was with linux basic preloaded
    but i remove it and install WINDOWS XP, now i want to install LINUX i am trying to install REDHAT LINUX 9.0 but during partitiong it gives error "NO HARD DRIVE FOUND" and installtion aborted.

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My guess is that when installing XP the option to format using NTFS was accepted. You should get a (Windows 98) DOS start floppy/CD and re-partion and format the drive before booting Linux install from CD/DVD

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