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Mini 9 SSD not recognised - help please!

indows xp today on my dell mini 9 and i then decided i didnt want to continue so i stupidly switched the power off. Now the bios recognises the hard dive but xp says there is nothing there, no free space, nothing... and gparted dosn't see it either but the bios still does...

I switched it off at the point where there is a blue background and there is a sidebar on the left which lists all the parts of the install. (About here ... ) - It said 39 minutes remaining

I have just run a live cd of both Linux and Bart pe and neither of these recognise the c: drive
Also at this stage of the xp install:

In the box itsays :

7337 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi

< setup cannot access this disk >

If I press enter i get the bsod.

Any ideas? I really am panicking...

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XP doesn't know about SATA drives so it's a common question why XP doesn't see SATA hard drives. For laptops, please use the maker's restore media as I am thinking Windows XP installs have grown too hard on today's owners.

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i have the dell windows cd

Hi, yes it is XP and the drive is an SSD - so does that mean it is using a sata connection?

I am currently using the dell windows cd that came with my dell mini 9...there is also a drivers cd but this is separate

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The Dell recovery media is

The best thing to use. If it fails like that, that's not a good sign.

Just checking. Did anyone alter ANY bios setting? If someone changed the SATA ide emulation mode, the error you noted would occur.

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ssd is dead :(?

Just ran a diagnostic from dell and it appears that i need a new hard drive as it is full of bad sectors i had no idea SSDs could be ruined by switching a pc off abruptly?

Does this sound right?

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SSDs are made from flash memory so while I know more about flash than I'll reveal here (I write embedded apps that run on and update flash) there may be a special tool to prepare a SSD for use. I have not looked into this but given how it is flash and very unlike your old hard drive and how it is flash, there should be such a tool.

If not, you swap in another drive.

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do you know where i could find it?

do you know where i might be able to find such a tool?

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Ask dell.

I did not look for such but if there is it would be dell and then you look with google.

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