Solved Laptop will not instal winXP due to no access to HDD

March 18, 2018 at 20:53:09
Specs: None at Present, 2GB Ram / 2Mhz CPU
Like an idiot I used DISK SANITIZER on my HP 8430 Laptop... This I discovered completely wiped the HDD... Cant instal WinXP as after initial setup downloads it does not find the Laptops Hard Drive.. I have been told I can remove Hard Drive and instal in another computer to format & partition it.. Then instal windowsXP .. Then replace it back in my Laptop...
Firstly is this a good option and if so can you please point me to a link for Instructions or outline the procedure for me.. I would be eternally grateful... This would surely reduce your Karmic load immensely as in my searches online i am one of many who have fallen into this trap, however advice has been hard to find beyond what i've outlined above... A followable instructions would be awesome... I know enough about software too get myself in trouble as evidenced here so would be able to follow basic instructions if available...
Thanks Much In Advance To Anyone Who Can Spare The Time...
PS I would be happy to Run Linux, However sorting the HDD is the Priority I guess... first things first and all that.. Sorry for length of description...

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March 19, 2018 at 04:02:09
"instal in another computer to format & partition it"
Try this first.

Use Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition. Open up & go to Disk Tools > Delete & Format Partition.
Refer Screenshot 9 in this link.
How to Boot a Computer from a Lazesoft Recovery USB Device
How to Burn a Lazesoft Recovery CD

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March 19, 2018 at 13:31:55
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There's nothing wrong with the hard drive. XP was released before SATA hard drives went mainstream, therefore it doesn't recognize them & will report "no hard disk found". To get XP to install to a SATA HDD, certain steps need to be taken, as detailed in this old "how-to":

Personally, I would take advantage of the situation & install a modern version of Linux rather than a 17 year old version of Windows. I'm a fan of Linux Mint but Zorin OS is also a good choice. If your laptop only has 2GB RAM & you have no intention to upgrade, I suggest you go with a lightweight 32-bit version - Mint 18.3 Xfce 32-bit or Zorin OS 12.3 Lite 32-bit.

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