Have you tried booting as linux live CD to see if the disk can be detected? If it can- with the live cd- it can also be read and reformatted.
XP dual boot? Why? If it had different kernels to load with different functions, I could understand; but, Windows NT- of which XP and Vista are direct descendants- doesn't have this function. You also won't get a true 64bit experience from Windows. If you have the system and you can run Macromedia Flash in a browser, 64bit mode isn't utilized.
You can install two versions of Windows XP- makes as much sense as me installing debian etch amd64 2.6.18 twice- just keep them as primary partitions. Know what bootloader you will use and be sure you can use it easily.
Ok, this problem might not have a solution, but I cannot stand letting my old hard drive laying there without being used for the rest of its life. At least I will try the last time.
My old hard drive is Maxtor 6L300R0 ATA. It is actually taken out of a one touch external drive and intended to be an internal one.
then I bought a desktop from HP
it is a6120n desktop. features over here:
And it is Vista system.
The issue is that, I intalled the maxtor drive and the Vista system seems to be able to read the features of the drive. But the drive content is unreadable and unaccessable.
I tried to buy different data cables, but that does not solve the problem.
Is it because of the motherboard is to advanced and can never read ATA hard drive anymore? Or is it Vista system has compatibility issues? If I install a XP dual system solve the problem?
BTW, this is another issue, but I am planning to install XP dual system in my mind, if you are kind enough to check that wether it is achievable.
So I hope I can still use the hard drive again. But if there is no solution to my problem, I'll have to dump it or give it to someone else.
Millions of thanks.