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Hard disk is not responding while installing os

When i tried to install operating system (windows xp) my hard disk stopped responding. I replaced it,the other hard disk did the same. This is my third hard drive. what might be the problem.

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1st plug any hard disk of urs and get a bootebel cd u can say not the xp 1 but u can find old cds like windows 98 or milenium and boot it..after sellect the cd rom support aplication..wen loaded right fdisk select yes and yes..after that delet dos or any existing partitions and restart do the sam thing again but this tim make dos partition wen ur finish restart and go in again but wen loaded on a:\ wright format C: and accept..after format is finished retstart but this time boot frome windows xp or the operation system disk u want 2 install..and folow the instruction..and if i didnt work after u do all that u go 2 ms dos and make a scandisk for c after u format u can see all comands in a:\dir , thats all and 4 the other hard drive u dont need 2 do the same just after u install widows u plug it and go 2 cotrol panell in administrative tools and select the icon that have a pc signe and after that frome the second option u select the 3 and u see ur second hard disk format it and scan it and evry thing will be just fine........

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