Used WipeDrive HP laptop don't recognize HD

Hewlett-packard Compaq nx7300 notebook
April 13, 2010 at 20:23:18
Specs: Windows XP
hi, i was trying to fix my computer because i wanted to reboot everything from a clean start. so i erased the whole HD with a software called wipe drive.
now when i try to install windows back on the computer it says it has found no HD. and i dont know how to fix it.i didnt open the laptop at all all the components are as they were when it was working.

thanks for the help in advance

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April 13, 2010 at 21:02:14
Wipe drive is used to destroy all data on a drive before you are going to throw it away. As far a I know it was never intended as a prelude to reinstalling your OS. What you should have done was to delete the current partition so your windows disk would see a 'new unformatted drive' and prompt you to create partition and format it. I believe that the program you used wiped a portion on the drive that the hard drive reserves for it's own information like its size, sectors, general layout, etc. If there is anyway to save it, you will have to look on the drive itself to get the manufacturer's name, model number, etc. and contact their support. I am pretty sure you will have to replace it though. Sorry.

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April 14, 2010 at 05:21:12
If I am wrong, then I am EXTREMELY sorry.

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April 14, 2010 at 05:51:07
Not completely wrong. Some of these disk wiping applications do delete everything on the hard disk, and I mean everything, so as to render the disk unusable prior to it being disposed off.

The only time you should really need to use a disk wiping software if if you have a boot sector virus that normal partitioning and formatting wont touch. Then you need to read the instructions very carefully.

However, in this instance it just looks like the lack of a SATA driver, something that would have happened even in any case.


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April 14, 2010 at 11:32:27
OEM PCs have a partition on the hard drive with an 'Image' of the Operating System the way it came from the factory. That was wiped out. I assume that you didn't create recovery CD(s) when you got the system, so you need to purchase the recovery disk(s) from HP.

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April 14, 2010 at 13:30:35

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