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I was lucky enough to receive 35 donated laptops. The laptops have been wiped clean and therefore there is not an operating system on the laptops. When I turn the computer on the screen turns black and the NTLDR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I bought Windows XP Professional and I can boot from the disk. The os starts loading and then this screen pops up:
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program. Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3."

I have read the posts I could find regarding this but it seems that none quite fit my needs.

What are my next steps?
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Have you physically checked to make sure there is a hard drive in the system?
If not on the bottom of the laptop there should be a cover marked HD that requires one or two screws to be taken out to remove it. Then you should be able to see the hd inside the system.
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