Can't format laptop compaq cq40 sata hdd not found

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my hdd crashed and now i changed a new one but i can't format the hdd using windows xp error message is sata hdd not found
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  1. zool9517 said:
    Hello,
    my hdd crashed and now i changed a new one but i can't format the hdd using windows xp error message is sata hdd not found

    does the new drive show up in the laptop bios screen?? if not the drive might not be good (doa part) or it not installed all the way in. if it showing up it the bios you have to use the advance mode in windows install and put a partion on the drive.
    if xp wont see the drive try hirum boot cd to see if any of the drive tools will see the drive. also in the bios make sure the sata ports are set right. if there not set right windows installer wont see the hard drive.
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