Format a new laptop hdd

July 27, 2009 at 01:06:16
Specs: Windows XP
Hi.
The hdd on my Compaq Presario C700 laptop
packed up and I installed a new hdd.

When I try to install XP from the CD it tell me
that there is no hdd installed. I guess that it
does not recognise the hdd because it's not
formatted.

Can someone please help me.

Thank you


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#1
July 27, 2009 at 01:19:16
"... I guess that it does not recognise the hdd because it's not formatted..."

Not really; XP setup can/will format it as part of standard setup routine...

You have a Compaq Pressario (laptop) and an XP CD... Is the CD a full version (or even an upgrade) - or is it actually the recovery CD that may have arrived with the laptop?

When you installed the new drive did you ensure that it is properly configured in the bios; as in the bios does see/recognise it etc. correctly?


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#2
July 27, 2009 at 06:01:49
just check once in the bios whether it is recognised or not. if so try to use the lastest version of xp cd to install which will have a sata compatible ide drivers. if not check the compatibility of the hardware of the laptop.try to check the bios /ide options.

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#3
July 27, 2009 at 06:46:25
"use the lastest version of xp"

LOL

compaq usually comes with a stripped down OS CD which requires a mystery partition on the HD. Now gone.


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#4
July 27, 2009 at 07:12:02
mmm tend to be echoing Mechanix here...

Was alluding to that partition in my earlier post... as if he has a Compaq provided CD then it will more than likely be looking for that special/hidden partition...

A full version CD is now required to install etc.?

IF... by chance the original drive is around and can be re-installed into system, then possibly it can be cloned/copied to the new one (including the hidden partition)?

Even if the drive is apparently dead... it may be possible to resurrect it long enough to do the immediate above? Wrap it in paper towel; put inside a plastic bag; put in fridge (NOT freezer) for about an hour or so... Remove from fridge; open bag and let it breathe a while (say 15mins) from bag and leave about another 15mins or so. Then remove paper towel and install (drive - not paper towel) in laptop gain... If you're lucky it may boot up long enough...?

Often works long enough to do what's required... And if it does boot OK - do not delay in cloning etc. and also do not rely on sed drive for future use...

Acronis do a nice util that will allow you to clone etc; and most new drives come with a suitable util to that end too - or it can be downloaded from the appropriate web-site...


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#5
July 27, 2009 at 09:28:04
I see it says "Product Recovery CD-ROM" on the disk so I guess
it won't work?

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#6
July 27, 2009 at 11:10:21
yup - it won't... However I seem to recall from "somewhere out there..." that if you contact Compaq and explain the problem... they may send you the means of recreating that missing partition - or so other viable solution...?

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#7
July 27, 2009 at 14:06:50
Product Recovery disks are the method that Compaq uses to rebuild the system. Did you check the ability of BIOS to see the new drive. What type drive was in the system SATA/IDE? If IDE were there any mini-jumpers on the old drive? Does the system boot from the recovery CD?

Richard


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#8
July 27, 2009 at 17:56:55
HI EVERYONE THAT HELPED.

I fixed the problem by installing Linux and then running the
windows CD ... It recognized the drive and installed perfectly.

Thank you very much for all your help!!


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#9
July 27, 2009 at 21:30:27
mmm - That's a rather neat approach and phyxe... Not one I'd think of in my remotest dreams even...

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#10
July 29, 2009 at 03:38:44
Which version of linux?


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