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When trying to reinstall Windows "There is no disk in this drive"

When trying to reinstall Windows XP on this computer,  I get to the menu that asks me to delete, create, and set up Windows on the selected partition.  However, there is not a hard drive listed in the menu.  Simply in the box it states "There is no disk on this drive".   BIOS is picking up the hard drive just just, and I am able to boot to Windows just fine when I do not insert the re-installation disc.  How can I get Windows to detect my hard drive so that I may reinstall Windows XP?
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
This seems very odd, concidering when you boot from the windows XP disk with an Operating System already on the hard drive. Windows will detect you have another operating system installed and it should show you the drive. Have you tried a different hard drive to see if you get the same results?
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VendorExpertsExchangeAuthor Commented:
That is going to be my next step, I was just wondering if anyone here has encountered or are familiar with this problem.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Another thing you can try, if possible, is a different WIndows XP disk. Although it might be hardware related you might want to try a different windows cd just to make sure.
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VendorExpertsExchangeAuthor Commented:
I have tried 3 different Windows XP discs.  
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rindiCommented:
Check the documentation for your PC/Mainboard. It is very likely you will need a Floppy with the driver for your Disk Controller. When you start the XP CD, early in the process you have the option to press F6 to install 3rd party Controller Drivers. Here you would have to use that floppy. If this is a modern PC without floppy drive you will either have to buy a USB floppy drive, Slipstream your XP CD to include the drivers, or check your BIOS if you can set up your Disk controller to run in IDE compatibility mode, in which case no extra driver would be required, but also you wouldn't be able to get the enhancements that the disk controller is capable of.

You can create a Slipstreamed XP installation CD with the required drivers using nliteos.

http://nliteos.com
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VendorExpertsExchangeAuthor Commented:
This is a Dell 9150 that is running a SATA Western Digital hard drive.  The Bios is picking it up just fine, are you sure this is a solution?  At the Dell driver support page http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&ServiceTag=3KJ4K91&SystemID=XPS/Dimension%20400/9150&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid= 
it does not list any kind of a 3rd party controller driver.
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rindiCommented:
It does list 3rd party drivers, the SATA matrix Storage manager Utility, which includes drivers for the SATA driver. Get the Intel Driver and copy that to a Floppy after you have rub the exe file, which should unpack it. Or disable anything that has to do with raid etc within the BIOS.

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R130118&SystemID=XPS/Dimension%20400/9150&servicetag=3KJ4K91&os=WW1&osl=en&deviceid=8615&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=2&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=41&fileid=173456
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VendorExpertsExchangeAuthor Commented:
I will try that right now.  In the mean time I just received an error trying to boot up the Windows installation CD again stating:
"STOP: c0000221 Unknown Hard Error
\SystemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll"
Could that be a hard drive issue?
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VendorExpertsExchangeAuthor Commented:
I have used the SATA matrix storage manager utitlity, and when I select any one one of the drivers listed when booting the Windows CD, it states:
 "Windows already has a driver that you can use for XXXXX.  Unless the device manufacturer prefers that you use the driver on the floppy disc, you should use the driver in Windows"

Even when I tell windows to use the device driver on the floppy, it still does not detect any hard drives when I try to format/re-partition.
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rindiCommented:
Try to set the Drives within your BIOS to ATA, standard or IDE mode. As I don't have access to such a PC I can't tell you exactly what it is called in your BIOS, so check the settings and change them, then try again.
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