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XP can't find hard drive on setup


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I am installing a copy of windows XP on an old computer with a formatted hard drive - i bought it second hand. However, when I insert the XP cd, I get a message saying the hard drive cannot be found. I don't understand, because this computer obviously worked before, and if i open the maxtor formatting program on a boot CD, the hard drive is most definitely there. I do not have a chance to press F6 or anything. Any help would be much appreciated, aw2050

PS it is a 750MHz 256MB ram 28gig(apparently, though XP cant see it) hard drive. need any more info, just tell me. thankyou.
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try using the maxtor formatting program to format and prepare the drive...just follow their instructions..
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i already did- sorry for not saying so
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how is the new drive set up? is it jumpered as slave or master or cable select? where is it located on the ribbon cable?
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i didnt touch anything inside the computer since the people i bought it from formatted it
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does it show up in bios?
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yes as the primary master

Edited by aw2050, 25 October 2005 - 12:00 PM.

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Do you have any idea what the problem might be?
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not right this second...no..hehe sorry..
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i just tried downloading an up to date version of maxtor, formatted definitely there hard drive again, but still to no avail. what is going on?
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ok....you may need to update the bios
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how do i do that? is it on the ubcd?
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no....you need to find out who the manufacturer of your motherboard is, then find out which motherboard it is...like..what model....then go tho their website and download the new bios...it will tell you how to flash the bios...
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