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Old 07-08-2011, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Setup did not find any hard disk drive in your computer

Having problems with an HP nc6400 Laptop.
Here's what happens:
Microsoft Windows splash screen comes up. Then the options for Safe Mode,
Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known Good
Configuration, and Start Windows Normally. I've tried all the options
including Last Known Good Configuration and it returns to same screen. If
nothing is chosen, Windows reboots on its own. I have a full XP Pro
Installation Disc and was going to try a repair of Windows using it. I set
the laptop to boot off CD... Press any key to boot from CD. (Setup is
loading files). Windows Setup screen appears.

I Press R to repair Windows. Next screen is "Setup did not find any hard
disk drive in your computer. Setup cannot continue." The same message appears if you go to actually install Windows. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Default Re: Setup did not find any hard disk drive in your computer

I think your HDD is corrupted. Can you run a Linux (Ubuntu) Boot-CD, and can it see anything on the drive? If so, I would back up everything you can. Your HDD may be dying.
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Having problems with an HP nc6400 Laptop.
Here's what happens:
Microsoft Windows splash screen comes up. Then the options for Safe Mode,
Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known Good
Configuration, and Start Windows Normally. I've tried all the options
including Last Known Good Configuration and it returns to same screen. If
nothing is chosen, Windows reboots on its own. I have a full XP Pro
Installation Disc and was going to try a repair of Windows using it. I set
the laptop to boot off CD... Press any key to boot from CD. (Setup is
loading files). Windows Setup screen appears.

I Press R to repair Windows. Next screen is "Setup did not find any hard
disk drive in your computer. Setup cannot continue." The same message appears if you go to actually install Windows. Any ideas? Thanks.
Is XP your original OS? Does the BIOS detect your HDD? Is the HDD SATA or IDE? What service pack is the XP disc? How big is the HDD?
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