Unable to detect HDD while installing XP

 fahad mirza -
I currently have Linux (Ubuntu / GNOME) installed on a Sony VAIO laptop (VGN-FZ140E).
I want to remove the Linux OS and install Windows XP. When i boot from the installation disk, i get the following message:

Error :
Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer - supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3


I am new to Linux...someone please provide a step-by-step solution to resolve the issue. Thanks!

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Wednesday November 28, 2007
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April 1, 2021
Hello !

Try this :
Search in the BIOS if there is any option that dessactivate the SATA native mode.

To go into the BIOS :How to access your BIOS set up
Thank you

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Everybody have that problem if you don't go to the bios and reset it to factory
default the computer will never find the HDD i had that problem longtemp
ago and found the solution good luck!!!
it also happend to me when i bought new hard drive.
what u have to do is. goto hdd manufacture website and search for scuzzy driver of ur hard drive. that'll take 2 floppy disks to copy.
then boot from those floppy and that'll do everything or u.
the u can install any windows u want to...

do let me know.