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Partition not recognized, can't install Windows XP

by jereece / May 21, 2010 4:27 AM PDT

I have a Gateway laptop (couple years old) that had Vista installed on it. It somehow got totally messed up so I was going to reformat and install my old Windows XP Pro. When I booted from the Windows XP disk, after it loads the drivers, it says "Unknown Disk. There si no disk in this drive". So I removed the hard drive and connected it to my desktop computer as an external drive and it shows 2 partitions. I reformatted each of the partitions and put it back into the laptop. Booted from the Windows XP CD and it still says there is no disk in this drive. I rebooted and entered the bios. The bios shows the disk drive as normal.

So I have a hard drive that works but for some reason Windows XP install disk does not recognize. Any suggestions. I need to get XP installed on this laptop.


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Just to head off a repeating issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2010 4:29 AM PDT

Since no model be sure you are not asking the old XP WON'T INSTALL TO MY SATA DRIVE QUESTION which now has a few million answers.

Sure ask, but the reply may be to use the prior answers.

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Repeat Issue unknown
by jereece / May 21, 2010 5:15 AM PDT

Maybe that is the problem. I was unaware of this. Since you say they are a few million posts, can you point me to a good one that explains what to do?


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Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2010 6:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Repeat Issue unknown

I mean no I can't be exact about your Gateway since I can't find the model.

But type HOW DO I INSTALL XP TO A SATA HARD DRIVE on google, ask, or any search engine. If you want more exact answers try adding details to your post.

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by jereece / May 21, 2010 7:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry no.

The Gateway laptop is Model MT6728. Googled HOW DO I INSTALL XP TO A SATA HARD DRIVE and found some instructions about using nLite to slipsteam the drivers onto a new installation CD. This however did not work.

So, I am considering just buying Windows 7. If I do that, I assume the SATA issue will not exist?


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That model will be a problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2010 7:09 AM PDT
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About slipstreaming. I found such unreliable and will not discuss it.

Reading I see this model does not have the BIOS OPTION to emulate IDE so the usual fix is not possible.

Why not run Vista that it came with? I have an all too similar machine but with 3GB RAM which helped a lot. It runs Vista as well as can be expected.

Yes, Windows 7 is a great idea but ask Gateway for the drivers first. And ask for "The Install Plan." Here's an example ->

Yes, that's for a HP and XP but the concept is the same. Without an INSTALL PLAN you'll only be upset.

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by jereece / May 21, 2010 8:16 AM PDT

I can't install Vista because this computer did not come with any kind of disk to reinstall. It had a problem where it would boot to a totally black screen. So Vista was messed up. I think I will just buy Windows 7.

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