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My hard drive isn't recognized and I cannot install windows xp operating system. Don't know if I may have a bad motherboard.... the bios is in good condition...

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Can you see your hard drive when you go into the bios settings?
if you don't then your hard drive may be bad.
you can order a new hard drive from newegg.com
please check if your hard drive is SATA or IDE. I believe it is SATA.
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Posted on Mar 20, 2011

  • Tony Mar 20, 2011

    sorry didnt see your last sentence.

    you will need to format your hard drive before u can install winxp

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