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This will apply is you are using a SATA drive and are attempting to install Windows XP:
In the box your motherboard came in, there should be a 1.44Mb floppy disk (Also called a stiffy). This will have the driver for XP to be able to read your SATA controller. If you do not have this "stiffy", either contact the hardware manufacturer or check their website for a download.
When Windows XP setup starts, and you are greeted with the blue screen, press the "F6" button when prompted to do so - to make XP setup allow you to install a 3rd party driver SCSI or RAID controlled. This you have to do within a few seconds of setup starting, so make sure to look carefully. The message will appear in the bottom of the screen.
This applies for IDE / ATA HDD:
Ensure that the HDD is being properly picked up by the BIOS. If not, ensure that all connections are good. If they are, test with another, known good, HDD to check whether your HDD is not maybe at fault.