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Windows Install not reconizing Hard Drive

I have a Dell Precision 370 that I am trying to load Windows XP Pro on but when I boot from the disk it says that the hard drive is not recognized but I can see it in system setup.
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'afternoon,

was there a different OS on this machine that required the hard drive to be formatted with a file system that windows may not recognize by chance?

was this HDD in this machine prior to attemping to install XP Pro or was it pulled out of an old machine?

do you have a drive enclosure you could use to hook the problem drive via USB to a working machine to better understand and gain access to tools to troubleshoot the drive?

let us know, thanks!!
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Also check to see if the Hard Drive is a SATA hard drive (common on newer machines) and XP will not install natively on a SATA drive. Either use the BIOS to set AHCI to compatability mode, or if the BIOS does not have that option, you need to find the SATA drivers from DELL for XP.  ... Thinkpads_User
The Dell XP SP3 reinstallation CD should already have the SATA drivers you need for the Windows installer to see the drive integrated onto it.  Are you using a generic installation CD?
Get Windows Xp with SP3.  That should do the trick.  Your missing drivers for either RAID or SATA.
Another option would be you could download Nlite, import a copy of your Windows XP image, easily slipstream any service packs that are necessary, as well as integrate any drivers that you may want, including SATA drivers.

http://www.nliteos.com/

The other, easiest option, would be to follow thinkpads_users advise, but the BIOS option should be the easiest way to go.
Your HDD is SATA and your recovery CD should have the SATA drivers.
You may have a bad HDD? so Download UBCD (and burn a CD on another PC) then run HDD (and other if needed) diagnostics.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html