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Hard Disk not found in Lenovo and HP laptops with XP Pro OEM disk.

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So I recently went to install a fresh copy of XP on a newer Lenovo Thinkpad but was unsuccessful as the XP OEM disk was unable to find the laptops hard drive. This same thing also happened to me with an HP laptop running XP MC about two years ago.

Why is this happening and what can I do to circumvent the problem?
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Since it's a newer laptop, it probably has a SATA harddrive, and when installing XP, you sometimes have to install drivers for SATA drives during the initial setup. You will see on the screen while all the drivers are being loaded (it's the first screen you see after you hit the 'any' key to boot from the CD) that you need to press F6 to install 3rd party drivers. Do so.

You can download the SATA drivers from the manufacturer's (Lenovo's) website and burn them onto a CD and you will just insert that when prompted after you hit F6.

Edited by Fenor, 23 May 2008 - 01:34 PM.

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