Having problems with your HP Compaq Presario C306US Notebook ?

I have a Compaq Presario c306 us. I wiped the HD and am installing XP Professional on it. However, during the setup it reports that there is no HD, and it goes no further. I've wiped and reloaded dozens of machines and have never encountered this. I don't think it's in need of a SCSI or a RAID driver, and even if it does, the machine doesn't have a floppy drive. Please help!


Answers :

If you have taken the HDD out, perhaps the Compaq adapter they use with sata drives isn't seated or connecting properly or (as I have done myself) is on backwards
Try taking it out, remove the adapter, place the adapter back on HDD, place HDD back in.. On start up check bios to ensure it detects the HDD
If yes problem solved
If not, try same with known good HDD to establish if IDE controller has 'given up'
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