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I get no hard disk drive detected when booting or trying to reinstall windows xp service pack. What do I need to do?

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How ar you installing the xp with the service pack 2 on it take the hdd out of the computer and check the hdd settings you set it on master if thats not the case then your cable my need replacing

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Error "Setup didn't find HDD"


Well, first of all XP is not the latest supported operating system from Microsoft.

That being said, I have not had a garbled screen followed by an error message 'setup didn't find any hard disk drive installed' on a laptop, in my limited experience with laptops (i.e. Acer One, Acer Aspire, Sony Vaio, etc.)

If you have an unexpected garbled screen it points to the pc board or mother board or the video card, but more likely the motherboard.

And, if you couple this with the hard disk drive not being detected, it reminds me of a situation where I had a no hard disk drive detected on a SCSI drive connected to my Windows 95 computer in the 1990s when I had heat related issues with the circuitry on the hard drive getting burnt out capacitors.

If the drive is not recognized, it might mean the boot sector is wiped, and essentially it needs to be reformatted and the operating system needs to be reinstalled (which you evidently tried to do).

To my memory, I never had this problem on Windows XP with a laptop, so I am thinking it's not Windows that is at fault, but the physical hardware is giving you problems.

If you boot from the CD for Windows XP and it doesn't find the drive, it's a big problem for this laptop.

I wish you luck in finding an answer to that one, seeing that it's out of warranty and XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.com.

Jul 19, 2010 | Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pro V2000 Notebook

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No operating system found


just try to repair your OS if you are using windows xp. use that repair option after F8 during installation of XP.

Jan 07, 2010 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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Dell Optiplex GX270 will not boot from disk


Does it show

boot from cdrom?
did you answer (Y)
then hit spacebar?
have the bios set to boot from cdrom/first boot device cd-rom?
If any of these settings are not applyed you will not restore xp on your computer

go into bios and conferm settings

first boot device if set as floppy or hard drive change to cdrom
on some systems you can hit the (f12) key to bring up a boot window and select the cdrom and boot from there then it will ask the normal questions

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I am getting a blue screen with error message: stop: 0x000000024 (0x00190203, 0x8A7DC5B8, 0xC0000102, 0x00000000) message I have run many diagnostic tests and all come back normal. it will not start in...


You cannot see HD because there are no apropriate SATA drivers included in windows XP CD. So you need to create custom windows XP installation CD

To install windows XP in that laptop u will need to create custom windows XP CD, how will you do that:

  1. Download nlite from http://www.nliteos.com/
  2. Download drivers for that laptop
  3. Download service pack 3 for windows XP
  4. Install nlite for windows XP and run
  5. Follow instructions and include SP3 for XP, all the drivers for laptop and create ISO Image
  6. Burn ISO Image
  7. Install Windows XP
  8. Good Luck


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No system found ...and tells check cable


Can you enter the CMOS and veryfy that is boothing from the hard disk? you have to remove any cd, dvd, usb drive too. Enter the BIOS/CMOS by pressing F2 xor DEL when booting. Look for BOOT sequence, and set the hard disk as firt boot device. If after that doesnt boot, reinstall OS and if after that doesnt boot, you need a new HD.

Aug 11, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5050-3242 Notebook

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My hard disk would not open


is the hard disk detectable in the cmos setup? to know how to enter the cmos setup look for the press "DEL / F2 / F10 to enter setup when you power up the pc. check for the boot option under cmos and check the hdd if cmos can detect it. otherwise hard drive has a problem. if hard drive is detectable, try reinstalling windows xp. other means is to check boot sequence by pressing F11 during start up. this will display the option on which you would like to boot from.

Feb 19, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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Drives - size


Resizing partitions is easy with the right tools, and near impossible without them. You will want to first
get a good hard disk imaging program along with an external hard drive (some drives come with imaging software bundled with the drive) a few examples would be Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, Dantz Retrospect, Powerquest Drive Image and so on. There are even some good freeware and Open Source alternatives. By imaging your c: drive to a USB external drive you can safely edit your hard drive partition tables and then put everything back with no reinstalling Windows or losing any data. You will need to have a bootable recovery CD on hand when it comes time to restore the image from the USB drive to your system drive. I would suggest that you first copy all files you want to keep from the d: e: and f: partitions to the c: partition, then image the c: partition by itself to external drive. Take note of the c: partition type I.E. FAT32 or NTFS. Make a bootable utility disk (Ultimate boot CD available from Filehippo.com for free) is one, an emergency boot floppy from Windows 98, ME, NT will work also. Boot with it and run FDISK to delete extended drive letters D E F and then their partitions and then delete the C: partition and finally create the C: partition with all available space and make it active. Replace the utility boot disk with the recovery boot cd, restart the computer and run the image recovery to restore everything back to your now 80gig system drive.

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Disk boot failure


there are multiple reasons for this

1. hard drive failure
solution: replace hard drive reinstall operateing system

2. computer is not set to start from hard drive
solution: enter bios and set computer to start up from hard drive

3. Hard drive not detected or cable loose.
solution: check are the hard drive cables connected well. try disconnecting and then reconnecting.

4. Hard drive file system corrupted and unable to find start up files
solution: you can use the windows xp to enter repair console and try to correct the corruption with chkdsk command if that doesnt work you have to reinstall operateing system

Apr 04, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Windows xp professional version 2002,service pack 2


after removing the virus ... some of the system file has became unstable .... so you are facing this type of problem ....
so the solution is to reinstall the windows xp professional sp2 again ....
if you have very important programs which you dont have back up then just you have to do is you start the set up by boot disk of windows xp sp2 (actually all windows cd s will be the boot disk only if we just copy the exact windows cd with out changing anything especially "cdlabel")
so just insert the boot disk cd in to the drive and make the boot from cd (it must be done b4 os loads) so just have the check in bios that the first boot device is cdrom and then boot the set from cd then it will ask "press enter to install winxp" you must press enter then after it will detect the partitions for "previously installed operating system" if it detect the installed "windows xp" means they it will prompt for repair option here... you must press R here ... if you press R at the first time before detecting i mean in the previous step than this means it will take you to recovery console ....
so besure to follow these steps....
after giving repair it will repair and ur problem will be solved

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