|When you have wiped the data off the hard drive it's no longer bootable. |
It has to have an operating system installed on it in order for it to be bootable.
You have to boot the computer from an operating system disk and install an operating system on it.
The laptop probably has a SATA hard drive.
If you change a setting in the bios, the initial files loaded by default from the XP CD will detect it, as an IDE compatible drive
Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:
I stated in that....
"The detailed info about how you set the SATA controller mode or similar - it varies
depending on the bios version - is probably in the manual for your mboard model, in the descriptions of settings in the bios.
If you need help with that, you must provide us with the make and model of your mboard."
That's assuming you have a generic desktop system with a retail mboard model in it.
If you have a brand name system, similar applies, but we usually cannot find what you see in a brand name system bios version regarding that to refer you to on the web.
Whatever the setting is, when the files intially loaded from the XP CD cannot find SATA drives, it's presently set to SATA or AHCI in the bios, it's changable, and at least one other choice is an IDE compatible mode of some sort.