Solved I can't put an O/S on my laptop

Dell / Insperion 9400
June 1, 2012 at 18:45:00
Specs: Windows XP
I have an laptop that doesn't recognize my hard drive. When I go to put a O/S on it, it tells me it has no hard drive. I think the problem is the boot sector has somehow been comprimised. How would I go about replacing it on a IBM T43. And no restore dosen't work, I would need to get the software somewhere?

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June 1, 2012 at 18:54:20
I think you should start at bios.Does it show there?

To test hard drives get an Hitachi drive fitness cd and test the drive. I think it is the ibm japan company that makes it.

Hang up and live.

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June 1, 2012 at 20:34:12
If it's not disabled in the BIOS, then the drive or the motherboard is bad.

Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
Baltimore IT Support

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June 2, 2012 at 07:18:51
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If your laptop has a SATA HDD, XP won't recognize it & will come back with "no hard disk detected". There's a trick to installing XP on SATA drives. If you have an IDE/PATA HDD, the installation should be straight-forward.

The 1st thing you should do is check to make sure the HDD is being properly detected in the BIOS. If it is, then run a fitness test as was recommended. If it tests OK, you should then use the HDD manufacturer's software to wipe out all current partitions, then create at least 2 new ones (one for Windows, one for storage) & format using NTFS.

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