I HAVE A TOSHIBA SAT 4100XCDT.WHEN I TURN IT ON AND TRY TO PUT WIN O/S ON IT IT TELLS ME THERE IS NO HARD DRIVE.ON THE BIOS PAGE WHERE IT SAYS HARD DISKMODE IT SAYS NOT USED!IS THIS A TERMINAL PROB OR IS THERE A SOLUTION?
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You have to go to BIOS setup, find HDD setup, and change the value to the other one (there are only two possibilities). That will fix your problem. The problem is caused by the fact that the lap top was designed for vista, not XP. and the lap top contains SATA HDD. when installing XP pre-installation doesn't have SATA drivers, so your OS can not see the HDD. Change it in BIOS, and you trouble is gone
If you are sure no one has tampered with it and entered a HDD password and it is not prompting for a password then it is most likely a HDD failure. It is possible the BIOS will still recognize the HDD. Try disconnecting and reconnecting the HDD if you can access it there should be screws on the bottom marked with a cylinder symbol.