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Cannot find hard drive when reinstalling XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Kalataj, Jan 5, 2011.

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  1. Kalataj

    Kalataj Thread Starter

    Jan 5, 2011
    I'll try to explain my situation the best i can.

    A few weeks ago my laptop got a virus and after some works i got it to work fine again. I decided update the laptop's service pack. After installing it the laptop will not load as a it says "!!0xc0000034!! and because of this you cannot not access anything. From looking online the main advice is to reinstall the operating system. I am trying to do this with a XP installation CD but once it loads it tell me it cannot find a hard disk drive.

    How solve this without being able to load the laptop fully?

    Any help on how to solve this would be great and i am willing to answer questions in needed.

    Thanks for reading,

  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Jan 14, 2010
    Is that XP installation CD - SP1.
    Is the HDD in the computer SATA.
    If so therein lies the problem.
    It may also apply if the CD is SP2.
    Does the laptop have a floppy drive.

    1. On start up press F2 to enter BIOS

    2. Expand the "Drives" section

    3. Go to "SATA Operation"

    4. Change this from "RAID Auto/AHCI" to "RAID Auto/ATA"
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