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If you installed Linux successfully on your hard disk then the hard disk is OK. If you are installing Windows Xp and it does not detect the hard disk but the BIOS detects the hard disk then - The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.The FIX.Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Hello, may b your other harddisk mite hav sum errors in it. Hope its detected in windows, bt not accesable.
Try booting with any linux live CD (google "puppy linux", its just 90MB approx) and connect the harddisk. Now access ur harddisk from linux. If u still cant access it, then u should format it. if it works in linux, then backup all ur improtant data and format it wit NTFS. Ur prob shud b solved!!