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"The partition is first primary"
What do you mean by that?
When you get a brand name system computer it always has software on two partitions on the original hard drive, whether you can see the second partition in Windows or not.
You haven't said
- whether your computer had XP on it when you first got it,
- or whether it still has it's original software on C,
- or whether you wiped the second partition in order to install the old XP installation on it.
If you copied the old XP installation to D, after wiping it's data, if you could see it in Windows before, or to the second partition, after wiping it's data, if you were not seeing it in Windows before, the second partition is only a little larger than needed to hold all the data needed to restore the original software installation on C using a single recovery CD. Windows will not run properly if there is not enough free space on that partition, and it probably won't take much additional data to get it into that state.
If you had put in a little effort, Toshiba already has the basic answers to your questions.
I found support for Satellite L40-18X and the L40 series on the Toshiba Europe web site.
According to this, L40-18X comes with Vista on it - did you remove Vista, or did yours have XP on it already?
I looked at the User manual available here - for the Satellite L40 (series)
Going by the date of the two available manuals, your model is less than a year old.
In the top, newer, manual I found ....
F1 to get into the bios Setup
then F2 to set Time and Date
, but no other info about bios settings.
I looked around elsewhere on the site. Since a lot of people find they don't like Vista, and/or want to load XP instead, I figured there must be info about that somewhere.
I found this:
"SATA, AHCI and Intel Matrix Storage Management Software: "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" Error Message During Manual Installations"
See the first part.
Look for the words Compatible mode or similar in your bios Setup.
If you can find that and set the bios to that mode, you don't need to press F6 and load AHCI (SATA) drivers.
The second part refers to a weird folder with Intel Matrix drivers - I have no idea where that would be - you can get the same drivers to make a floppy with the proper AHCI drivers on it from the Intel web site for your main chipset. You have to use a USB connected floppy drive, but you need more information.
Product Type - Notebook
Family - Satellite
Product Series - Satellite L series
Model - L40
Short Model No - see the label on your computer, or leave it set to All
Operating System - Windows XP (OS Independant produces no results)
Driver Type - All
Country - United Kingdom, or whatever
(the L40 series is a Europe only series)
Download at least - Installation Instructions
When that is unzipped it reveals it is
"How to Install Windows XP on a L40.pdf" !!
You MUST read this - only specific USB connected floppy drives are recognized by Setup! It mentions specific Toshiba USB connected floppy drive models known to work.
(If you select Vista, Installation Instructions unzipped is merely install.txt - a list of the order in which to install Vista and drivers for the system)
chipset utilities - readme.txt in the extracted files contains info about how to preload the Intel *.inf files (including the SATA drivers) by placing them on the hard drive first, but you would need to know what you are doing.
As I said before,
"If both XP installations are on the same hard drive, you will probably need to temporarily HIDE the other XP installation partition in order to do that, using a third party program, such as Partition Magic, or a freeware partition manipulation program."
"....in order to do that...."
In order to be able to run a Repair Setup on the old XP installation.
A Repair Setup CANNOT be done unless the old XP installation was installed from a regular Windows CD, and you have an regular XP CD!