Cannot find hard drive while installing MS XP on a hp nc6220 laptop.
I am changing the OS from MS Windows 2000 to MS XP and while booting from CD and installing MS XP pro, the computer errors out, saying it cannot find a hard drive. I know there is a 75 gig hard drive that was just running MS windows 2000 5 minutes ago.!! what gives?
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Re: cannot find hard drive while installing MS XP on a hp...
It used to happen like this during the new installation.
goto BIOS setup and check that the HDD is correctely detected. check the size it reported. If its correct, give one more try. else the HDD firmware is corrupted and can be repaired.
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Hi, You need a Windows operating system CD or system restore CD that come with the computer. You need to format the hard drive and install windows. After that is complete you need to install all the drivers in order the lan controller, audio, and display will work properly. Get back to us if this information helps you solve the problem.
The Windows 2000 and Windows XP CDs supplied by Microsoft has a tool called the Recovery Console which can be used to repair errors that prevent Windows XP from starting using the command line. OEM versions of Windows XP, including computers that were supplied with Windows XP preinstalled, may not have this utility.
This problem may occur if the basic input/output system (BIOS) on your computer is outdated, or if one or more of the following Windows boot files are missing or damaged:
Ntldr Ntdetect.com Boot.ini
Check your drives for floppy,USB storage devices,CDs and any other bootable media.Because sometmes these things makes problems.Then go to BIOS and do the BIOS settings to boot from the source where the OS is installed.
1: Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
2: When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
3: Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
4: Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key(most of the cases it will be "1" only) and pressing enter.
5: You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
6: From the command prompt, copy NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM from the i386 folder of the CD to the root folder of the hard drive. In the example commands given below, C: is the hard drive and D: is the CD-ROM drive. You will need to change the drive letters if appropriate:
COPY D:I386NTLDR C: COPY D:I386NTDETECT.COM C:
Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
you will need an original WinXP disk....insert the disk in the CD drive and restart...let it boot from the CD (to make changes to boot sequence make changes in BIOS)
once it boots from CD then repair you OS or install a fresh copy of the OS
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To install new version of XP. Insert XP CD into drive,
reboot pc pressing F1 button.. This takes you into BIOS, change your primary
boot device to CDrom, save changes and reboot. Select boot from CD once this
appears and wait for files to be installed. Select the part of the hard drive
you wish to use for your operating system (usually the largest) and select
partition this drive. Delete any previous os, and reformat hard drive. (Be
aware this removes everything saved on your hard drive, so always back up first)
Re boot afterwards and reinstall operating system. Hope this helps
Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change
the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive.
Check your system documentation for steps to access bios the and change the boot order. Also some PC let you select the boot device by hitting f12 when the system is booting up, if this is the case make sure your window cd is in then boot from your cd or dvd drive
Once you have made this change in your bios you will see press any key to install from your xp cd
press ender to start the Windows Setup.
Do not choose "To
repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, pressR", (you do not want to load Recovery Console).
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R
to start the repair.
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and
reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message
appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install,
but your applications and settings will remain intact.
Regarding on your problem, the main issue their is the booting problem of XP after you delete the fedora operating system. That's common problem especially when the computer are in dual boot OS then you delete the other OS. Now, the reason why it usually fall into this problem its just because the XP is your core OS then you install Linux Fedora inside in XP so whatever changes you have done in fedora particularly deleting Linux OS inside XP affects the overall performance of your XP and eventually if you delete the Fedora without proper unistallation process done by Linux OS then the Boot Loader of your XP will also corrupt or delete that's the main cause of boot failure in your XP OS. Now the best solution there is to repair your XP by inserting the XP CD Installer and boot the CD to repair your OS or you can reinstall the XP OS without formatting the storage to prevent the lost of your data that has not yet already copyed a back up.
Please do this recommendation to save and restore your XP.
first configure your hard drive in the bios set your harddrive as
primary drive then configure the booting setup you must boot first the
CD ROM drvsave setting and exit. Then if you have a bootable disc
installer for XP any OS insert in in the CD ROM drve. wait for a while
then follow the instruction that goes out in the desktop.