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Why cant XP install see my HD???

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May 27, 2009 10:56:24 PM

Reformatted my Laptops HD (its a old Hatachi ata/ide 60gb) , when i go to install XP the install progress cant find the HD I get this:

<Unknown Disk>
There is no disk in drive.

<Unknown Disk>
There is no disk in drive.


<Unknown Disk>
There is no disk in drive.


<Unknown Disk>
There is no disk in drive.


Then 15 secs later it blue screens into a 0x0000008E error.

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I have checked the RAM... its fine
I have tried another HD ( and even older 30gb)
BIOS is set up for IDE and sees the HD during its PreBoot.. but the install CD will not =-(


Any ideas?!?!

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May 27, 2009 11:45:47 PM

can you get into a prompt and Fdisk it?
May 27, 2009 11:55:40 PM

Like though the "Repair" option from the install CD?


... will try

The problem is gettting the OS WinXP to find the HD and install.. sooo I cant really get a command prompt up from the start menu lol =-(

As far as from teh "Repair" option on the XP Install CD Fdisk just gives me a:

"The command is not recognized..."


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May 28, 2009 12:02:56 AM

When i try to use the "format" command it gives me:

"The specified drive is not valid, or there is no disk in drive."

The "chkdsk" command gives me:

"The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."
May 28, 2009 12:05:34 AM

Both HD's i tryed give me theses errors and more =-(

On another note I have a little USB encloser and they both work for data storage... any ideas guys, surely there not "dead" if they work fine for storage.....
May 28, 2009 12:17:13 AM

doormatderek said:
can you get into a prompt and Fdisk it?

Nope... no OS... though the "repair" on the XP install CD there is the same stuff but it doesn't see the HD.... Updated post.


HELP!? Plz =-)
May 28, 2009 5:44:21 PM

shadowknight86 said:
Any ideas?



First of all quite fooling around with windoze go to hitachi's web site and download their disc utility it will/should make a diagnostic floppy/cd??from which you can examine/repair your hdd's,and if you have the right adapter do them from a standard pc [easier to work with] -- ..:) 
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May 28, 2009 5:47:07 PM

To run FDISK you have to have a DOS running. When I've used FDISK before, first I had to make a bootable DOS floppy that would be used to boot from, establishing a DOS environment. Then I had to copy FDISK to that floppy so it would be run under DOS and used.

I'm confused when you say, "Reformatted my Laptops HD". A Format operation should leave you with a blank drive, but it still exists and is recognized with a letter name if you can get an OS running to look. Did you actually re-Partition the drive? That actually is what FDISK does, anyway, but it can be done in Windows Disk Manager. If you Partitioned it without formatting afterward, Windows will not see it as a valid drive. However, an XP Install still should be able to find a device to work with and should be able to do the Partition and Format operations for you before actually installing to the drive.
May 28, 2009 9:24:38 PM

dokk2 said:
First of all quite fooling around with windoze go to hitachi's web site and download their disc utility it will/should make a diagnostic floppy/cd??from which you can examine/repair your hdd's,and if you have the right adapter do them from a standard pc [easier to work with] -- ..:) 



From Hatachi's site:

"Disk Manager

"Disk Manager by Ontrack is no longer available for download because Windows XP and 2000 operating systems do not require it."




... =-( I'll look around for one anyways... but i guess its not supposed to need it or drivers either..
May 28, 2009 9:49:08 PM

Ok so no Floppy on Laptop =-(... and the old ass Dell 4550 that im posting from has no cd burner.... anyway to make a USB diagnostic ? or just pop it in a enclosure and use the desktop to scan the HD?

May 28, 2009 9:56:17 PM

Just ran a Disk Check from the dell with recover bad sectors and fix sys files on... it came up with a clean check...
May 29, 2009 2:16:30 AM

Can i maby ghost an image of my desktops OS onto laptops HD (through usb external) then boot up laptop.. i know the ini and wutnot would be out of wack but would it maby just need a "Repair" ..... idk trying to come up with way to get XP on the HD incase I cant ever get the install CD to see the HD...
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