Help! Can't reformat and reinstall.

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I have done many reformats and installs.  But ran into a different problem.
I have a Vista computer.  The owner bought XP and wants to replace Vista
on a relatively new Gateway.  I saved the data.  But when I get to the XP
setup where I normally delete the partition and reinstall, I am only being
shown "Unknown Disk (There is no disk in this drive.)"  It says that 4 times
one above the other.  I have never seen that message.  I happened to have
another SATA of exactly the same size and blank so I put it in the computer
and was going to try installing to it.  I get the same message.

I looked in Setup but can't find any setting that would cause this.

The message seems to indicate that I am trying to install to an optical

What does this mean????????????


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There are four card slots in this tower so apparently, they are being shown
as empty and that's fine, but I am not being show the C drive.
How can that be??

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The drive was in Raid mode instead of IDE

Re: Help! Can't reformat and reinstall.

On Sun, 20 May 2007 15:27:26 -0400  'marcy'
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Glory be!
Replacing Vista with XP!   Now that's what I call sensible ;-)

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