cannot format

By boroboy
Sep 23, 2007
  1. After having a new mobo installed my laptop took ages to boot up, so it was suggested that i re-install windows xp. Everything goes ok - and then this message comes up: Set up did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer. Set up cannot continue.I have looked at the hard drive and all seems ok Is this because windows takes a long time to boot up - and is there any way to solve this problem? Any help will be appreciated..........
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Is this a SATA drive or an EIDE drive?
    Check the BIOS to see if boot order has the CD Drive as first and hard drive as second. Check jumpers, remove and reset cables.
    The drive must be dectected in the BIOS first, so look there for the problem.
    If no problem, once again boot to the CD from a cold boot, and watch very closely for commands you need.
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    If you took a few minutes to update your user profile and include your system specs and maybe a residential location, it would be easier to help you
  4. boroboy

    boroboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Thanks for your replys. I am a novis at all this so most of what Raybay is on about means nothing to me. I will try to update my user profile and my system specs.
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