|You may have SATA hdd installed in your laptop. Windows XP install routine does not natively contain SATA drivers in it. You have to install SATA drivers manually before Win XP is able to recognize your SATA hdd. |
To install SATA drivers manually, you may be able to use an USB flash disk.
Obtain the SATA controller drivers and put them on the USB flash disk. Start up your laptop with the Win XP disk in the CD tray. Your laptop must be configured to boot off of the CD drive first.
When Win XP install page appears, there will be a clickable button with " install drivers " or similar wording on it. Click it and show the path to the SATA drivers.
Conversely, if you can slipstream SATA drivers into the Win XP install CD, then you do not need to provide SATA drivers during installation.
Hope the above helps.