Help reinstalling Windows on a Dell

By algoespanol
Aug 12, 2008
  1. I wiped my dell clean with DBAN yesterday. I now tried to re-install windows using a copy of windows xp. However, when I press "enter" to install, it takes me to a screen saying that no HD have been detected. When I go into the BIOS, however, the HD shows up. I'm guessing I can't use the Dell system restore at this point because I completely wiped the HD. Any suggestions?
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    Does the Dell have a Sata drive? Go into the Bios and find the screen that has a listing for Sata Mode and change it to IDE Mode, Save and Exit, Boot from a Windows XP CD and reformat and install XP. It is much easier to install if you get a Dell reinstallation CD as it will have all of the drivers and programs for your specific model.
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