Cannot see HD in toshiba satalitte l40170 in booting
In some markets the L40-170 is sold without an Operating System.
I assume this is in booting off a Windows XP CD, as Vista, Win7 and Linux (Ubuntu) will recognise the HD on boot.
The L40-170 has a SATA-Hard drive with no compatible mode. WinXP will not natively recognize it.
You need to download the SATA driver from Toshiba-Europe and either:
a)Place it on a USB floppy disk and install it when the Windows installer prompts for external drivers. (This is unlikely to work unless you have a Toshiba branded device)
b) Integrate the sata drivers into a windows installation using software like nLite. (You might as well integrate all the L40-170 drivers and the XP service packs at the same time.)
Caution: Don't use software to extract the drivers off a working machine, the drivers required for windows installer are different from those required by the OS. Rather download them from Toshiba.