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Replacing VISTA with XP Pro on Toshiba Qosmio F45-AV 413

Dear Gang,
Happy Holidays. The Fat Man In the Red Suit bought me a New Toshiba Qosmio F45-AV-413 Laptop. It appears to be a neatt machine, BUT THE VISTA OS is a piece of #*#*****. It's GOTTA GO!!!!!
I tried to install a New Copy of XP Pro, but the install quits with Error message:
"Unable to find a Hard Drive"
Does anyone have any suggestions? Can this OS be installed on the machine, or do I return it to the store?
ANY Help is MOST appreciated Smokeydog

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  • Skokeydog51 Dec 26, 2007

    Dear Amanzoor,

    Thanks for your your suggestion. I'll try it!!

  • johnnycraig5 Jan 01, 2008

    toshiba satellite l45. Want to repace vista with xp. Cannot find hard drive.Please help

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2008

    Please write some feedback! Did it work!
    What about the hardware drivers, on the Toshiba homepage they have the drivers only for Vista???




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Posted on Jul 20, 2010


U must make sata driver

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Sorry, but you are going to have to do a low level format. Then set your partitions, and do a regular (high level) format.
Windows Vista uses the NTFS file system, but changes the secters and clusters slightly, which makes your hard drive incompatable with xp. A low level format will restore it, so you can use xp. Hope this helps!

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It came with the SATA drive, Go into BIOS settings, hard drive settings from whatever existing (I am slipping the exact name from my mind now). Make sure you save the settings, go into Bootable options and make sure your cd rom is the first to boot, put the cd in, restart your machine and thats it............make a clean install of xp. By the way I am also not a big fan of vista.

Posted on Dec 25, 2007

  • Adnan Manzoor Dec 26, 2007

    Enjoy and happy holidays!

  • Adnan Manzoor Dec 26, 2007

    Also please do not forget to download the ethernet or wireless drivers for this particular machine burn it on a cd so that once you install the xp you can simply install it and visit the manufacturer's website to download all the rest of the drivers.

    Best of Luck!


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