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Re: hd for hp nw8000 laptop. pn:345855-001
To my knowledge, unfortunately no. The hard drive would be blank and often would have to be formatted prior to initial usage. Thereafter, it would be necessary to install the Operating System (in your case Windows XP). Often manufacturers would package with their laptops recovery CD(s) that may be used just for this purpose. Alternately, you can use an OEM Windows XP installer and use the key/serial number printed on a sticker normally found underneath laptops. Incidentally, you are not limited to the 60Gb specs of the 345855-001 (original P/N), you can at your option choose a bigger size HD, say 160 or higher Gb, and can be bought from most computer parts store not necessarily from HP/Compaq. The only stipulation is that the new HD should be ATA-6 IDE, 2.5-inch form factor (9.5mm height), 7,200 RPM.
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this might happen if your HP Hard Disk Drive is SATA ready, i think your using SATA HDD 3.0 version.. usually this design is partition with windows vista... here is a tip use a CD Diskwizard that reformat and repartition your hard disk so that you can install windows xp, trust me its works... Good luck!
If the install cannot detect the hard disk then the hard disk is faulty and needs replacing or the disk controller is faulty.
You can check if the hard disk is faulty by :-
Go into the BIOS and check if there a hard disk diagnostic.
If not then remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port.
If this computer see it as an external hard drive and you can view the contents of the drive then it is OK and the fault is the disk controller on the laptop.
To setup XP.
You insert the Windows CD and boot up the laptop with the CD.
You have done this correctly to get the hard disk error message.
This situation leads me to believe that the CD or DVD drive is faulty,,or the install disc you are using is scratched or dirty. Try cleaning the disc and begin again. Another option is to take the hard drive out and using a 2.5 to 3.5 inch HD adapter ,,plug into a desktop PC as a slave. And copy your WinXp cd onto a partition on your laptop HD. Then using a Win98Se floppy boot disc you can access the winXP and install from there.