Installing windows after Killdisk

Sony / Fz21e
January 6, 2010 at 05:11:44
Specs: Windows XP, Vaio FZ21E 2Gig
Suspected virus began disabling all features on the laptop. I tried clean installs with XP and Win7 but neither would even start.
Used Killdisk to 0 fill the whole drive, then used parted Magic to create NTFS partition and format.
The problem is now that when I boot from CD and Xp starts setup, after a minute the blue screen says " Cannot find Hdd".
Tried Win7 install which gets a little further. After the date/time setup I get a message saying the CD/DVD driver is missing. So one OS can't see the HD and the other can't see the Optical.
Is there some data I need to put on the HD before I install the OS, like drivers for HD and Optical, or a Utils folder? I've tried running OS disks from CD, dos, and LiveCD stuff with no luck. Disk checks out perfect with full SCANDISK.

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January 6, 2010 at 05:22:50
Is the hard drive a SATA type? Are you using a full version of WinXP or a restore disk?

WinXP doesn't natively support SATA hard drives. Especially older versions of XP. You MAY need to slipstream the SATA controller drivers into the WinXP files and burn a new CD.

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January 6, 2010 at 05:56:00
Thanks for the prompt response. Yeah it's a Sata. Full Xp although about 4 years old. I was hoping to put my new Win7 Ultimate although this is a Promo version.
"You MAY need to slipstream the SATA controller drivers into the WinXP files and burn a new CD." - what does slipstream mean and into what WInXP files? There are no OS files on the PC? I don't want this to beat me but I'm considering just buying a new HD now.

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January 6, 2010 at 06:03:11
The SATA controller drivers should be available from the laptop manufacturer's site.

Slipstreaming is the process of including service packs, updates, drivers, etc into the original files that are on the CD. The process involves copying the contents of the CD to a hard drive on a different computer. Then the additional files are merged and the resultant package is burned to a new CD.

Sounds worse than it is. Look at the link below to learn about nLite OS. It is probably the easiest way to slipstream for Win2000 & XP. Get nLite at the link below.

Read the FAQ, guides, etc.

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January 6, 2010 at 06:34:29
you're right about the SATA drivers and the F6 function to load them manually can only be done with a floppy! i'll look at the slipstream option now, thanks.

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January 6, 2010 at 06:44:18
IF you are not sure which SATA drivers you need off the manufacturer's site just include both or all of them.

Also, include SP3 while yu are doing the slipstream. Below is a link to the distributable version of SP3 for WinXP.
You should also include the drivers for the laptop from the manufacturer's site. Especially the LAN (network) driver.

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