First use DELPART to remove any and all partitioning that Partition Magic created, then try rebooting the computer first with the XP cd in the drive and the bios set to boot from the cdrom as the first boot device. If XP still can't find the drive, then you can use the FDISK program on a W98 bootdisk to create the partition and make it active (don't format it though), and see then if XP can find the drive to install on. Although FDISK will create the partition as FAT32, you can convert it to NTFS once you get to the windows installation....the whole point is to just get the drive seen for XP to do its thing on it.
DELPART can be had here:
http://www.bootdisk.com in the Utilities area or HERE
Extract the file to a floppy disk, boot up with your windows bootdisk, change to this floppy disk and run Delpart.exe and you can remove all partitioning.
hey everyone; this one's really bugging me:
I wiped my primary drive completely with partition magic and did not set it to active before I rebooted. Now, the xp installation cannot detect my drive though my BIOS can.
FDISK cannot detect it either. I haven't touched the jumpers or cables. Any ideas on how to make that drive visible again?