My hp laptop cant find the hard disk to load windows xp

my hp laptop cant find the hard disk to load windows xp but can be able to load window 7 ultimate. now my question is for windows 7 i do not have the activation code, and when it comes to xp operating system it cant find the hard disk what do you think its the problem? please assist..
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  1. Did you try the Boot Menu [F9] or [F10]
  2. If it's a newer system, you need to use an XP disk with SP3 for SATA support, or you can try setting the drive function in the BIOS to Legacy or ATA mode.
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