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Problem installing Windows XP

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Hi there. A friend of my had a virus installed on his WinXpPro. Him and I did all that we could to wipe out the virus but it really did a number on his computer, so we decided the best thing to do was reformat his computer and re-install Windows. We tried booting from the Windows Install CD, and after Windows finished loading files it asked us what we wanted to do, either install Windows or Recover windows. The problem is, when we enter either of those options we get a message staying that Windows could not dectect a hard drive in the computer and it forces us to restart. This is strange because there is a hard drive in the computer and it should be working because we're still able to access Windows thats installed on the hard drive. So i figured that it was the virus that we making the install act up, so i formatted C: drive where Windows was installed (using a rescue media cd) and we tried to install again, But alas we receive the same error about not having a hard drive installed. I've even tried using different versions of Windows to install, but no luck. What should we do, we're left with a hard drive that has no Windows installed and it wont let us install it!?

....I've checked all the connections, they're fine...what now?
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Can you boot into BIOS and confirm the hard drive is there? Maybe the hard drive isn't reading because it needs to be formatted?
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