I had Fedora Core 5 which i then had to get back to Windows Xp, i was unable to format my harddisk and replace it with Windows, a blank screen appears if i try to install Xp.
anyhow, the harddisk droped down by mistake and is not being detcted at all by the Xp setup
Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?????
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Re: harddisk not detected
Is it detectable by your System BIOS ?
If it is detectable, there is two solutions, Hardware one and Software one.
The Hardware one, is to remove the HD's Board and replace it with another one. you only have to unscrew 4 or 5 screws, it's simple.
The software one, is to Get Hiren's Boot CD and use a tool there called MBR Tool. Start it in DOS mode and Press the Recover/Restore MBR.
You should try the software part first. and Before trying anything you should look for cracks or hits (caused by the fall of your HD) on the HD Board or the Body of the HD.
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Re: harddisk not detected
You can try and install it on another pc as a slave drive and see if the bios and windows recognises it, but if you have droped it, it is likely that the platelettes and the head parking arm are damaged and unrepairable.
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To know if your Hardisk is detected follow this steps:
In Windows XP
1. Open Control Panel 2. Go to Administrative Tools 3. Open Computer Management 4. Double Click Storage 5. Open Disk Management
All the list of Hardisk is here, your hardisk is not formatted that's why, so you have to proceed to format just right click that unformatted hardisk and choose format, specify the label for your hardisk or simply leave it blank.
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.
Sounds like you need your manufacturer's SATA drivers.
This problem exists a lot when installing Windows from scratch on SATA hard disks. When you start the installation, Windows prompts you to "load additional drivers". It's at this point you put a floppy disk with the SATA drivers in.
If your install is already working, but just stopped as you say... then you could hunt around the BIOS for a SATA "compatibility" mode, which will get you booting straight away. Install the SATA drivers and you can then put the drive back into normal operation instead of compatibility mode.
This is also the reason why your other hard disk with Windows can see the SATA disk and optical drive... it probably has the SATA drivers installed.
When installing SP2 version, you possibly corrupted the drivers for the DVD. It is possible there are different drivers for the DVD between XP and XP (sp2). Go to the laptop mfg website and download the newest drivers for the DVD.