Solved A laptop detects no HDD during installation

September 11, 2011 at 02:56:43
Specs: Win XP home, sp3
A Laptop fails to recognise HDD during window clean installion. Win XP Home Edition Set up, the following list shows the existing partition and unpartioned space on this computer:
Use the Up and Down arrow Key to set up Win Xp on selected item.
Press Enter for installation and R for Repair.......
Unknown disk
There is no disk in this drive.
This is the msg I can see on the blue screen during installation process.

Any help would highly be appreciated.

Win XP SP3, Gateway laptop
Thank you in advance.
Bsun


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#1
September 11, 2011 at 05:29:21
Does the BIOS see the drive?

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#2
September 11, 2011 at 21:51:11
Thanks for your question and the answer to your question is yes. For your information, My laptop is partially having problem with booting, POST. It works flawlessly until I see a mouse cursor in the middle of the black screen after the Window XP logo appears during booting process. The mouse cursor stays on and on but it can be moved. It should be followed by Window is starting. But nothing happens.

To be honest, my pc is finding it impossible to load my existing window OS. I did try to fix MBR using comds /FIXBOOT, /FIXMBR .... through the window installtion CD. It says no window system is detected.
This is the reason for having Win XP reinstalled in my PC to run my lappy as good as new.

Hope you come up with the right solution to fix it.

Bsun


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#3
September 11, 2011 at 23:38:27
✔ Best Answer
If windows cannot identify the Hard Disk then it will not be able to repair it.
You will need to do a clean installation of windows.

Usually this happens because the File Allocation Tables have become corrupted, and windows cannot identify the type (NTFS or FAT or something else)

So boot from the windows CD
Click install windows
Remove any/all partitions
Create new partition.
Format the partition
Install windows on new partition.


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#4
September 12, 2011 at 04:14:06
Not so fast. It could be booting but the video isn't working.

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#5
September 18, 2011 at 19:39:23
Yes, I reinstalled Win OS. It is working for me now. Thanks to all of you.

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