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Not recognizing hard disc drive for windows xp reinstall .

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You aren't using the correct install disk . The generic XP install disk can't recognize a SATA disk.You will have to load the appropriate driver during install. Here it is ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp32001-32500/sp32492.exe
Or you could create a custom install disk  as explained here
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Windows-XP-On-SATA-Without-a-Floppy-F6-47807.shtml

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SOURCE: After reinstall XP windows, it wont recognize my USB external hard drive anymore.

make sure that XP didnt turn off the USB in the BIOS... if you need assistants on reinabling it respond to this

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SOURCE: not recognizing hard disc drive

hp nx7400 model ,can't update the bios form F.08 to F.0E. My orginal hard disk is total dead,no any data can get from it, i buy a new hd (160 gb) ,but it can't detect,so i need to upgrade the bios.
please tell me the solution

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