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Can't Find Hard Disk Drives

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ssjdbz, Sep 5, 2008.

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  1. ssjdbz

    ssjdbz Thread Starter

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    I'm not one to ask for help, but I'm stuck!

    I have a HP laptop that I bought from Walmart three years ago, and it had everything pre-installed (no XP disk). It has been running very slowly, so I wanted to reinstall XP to make it run like new, so I put in another, working XP disk in and restarted the computer.

    When I was at the disk's blue screen, I hit enter to install XP (to reformat the drive). However, it says there are no Hard Disk Drives installed, and I can't do anything.

    Now, I don't know what to do... any help is, well, helpful.

    Thanks!
     
  2. speed_hog

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    You probably have a recovery partition on the hard drive.
    Since you tried to load windows off of the wrong disc can you still load windows and get to your desktop?
    At the bottom is the link to a post in which I helped Jendra find here partition, and then get her system reloaded/reinstalled, Please read through it until you get to the recovery part and see if that helps you and post any questions you have here :)

    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/746688-solved-cannot-access.html
     
  3. ssjdbz

    ssjdbz Thread Starter

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    Thanks, speed_hog!

    That was the problem. I'm reformatting as I speak (or type).
     
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