I have perused this problem and tried many things to no avail...so I decided to just reformat and reinstall.
My problem: Both Bart PE and Dell System CD cannot find the hard drive. I took the hard drive out and connected via USB to another pc...backed up the docs, etc. - ran SuperAntispyware - found 936 items...cleaned them.
I reinstalled the Disk - when I boot - I get the Bios and Windows logo screen then BAM...BSD - and the above error.
When installed on orig. pc, I have done diagnostic tests for all hardware - Ram - CD/DVD - HD - audio, video - etc. all tests PASSED! I have changed out the RAM chips - using two different sets of PC2 - 3200. Still the same BSD.
WinXP reinstallation (or repair) or BartPE will not detect the HD. The BartPE allows me to run CMD - but it cannot find "msconfig" . I can also see the Registry (but I have not made any changes). With the CMD, it still does not see the HD. The BIOS detects that I have a Seagate 80 GB HD.
When I had the HD attached to the other pc, I copied SYSTEM and SAM from c"\windows\system32\repair to the config file after renaming the original files.
I think I probably can reformat this drive when it is attached to another computer via USB (?), but I am really curious what this is all about.....why can't I see the HD when it is installed? (I also set my BIOS back to default settings)
Dell Dimension 8400
P4 - 3.0 GHz
80 GB HD - 52 GB Free SATA
512 MB PC2-3200
Win XP Home SP2
Would love to solve this puzzle.....!!!!! Appreciate your diligent thoughts!!!