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    So I got sick of Vista's faults and incompatability with my iPhone (this is not a thread about the iPhone, it's purely computer-related) and decided that it would be a good time to back-up my files and go back to XP. First, however, I decided to re-install Vista to see if my iPhone would work with video syncing this time around; it didn't. So, XP's turn. As you can't install XP while in Windows (Vista), I restarted my computer and booted from disc. I got as far as this part:

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    The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

    Etc., Etc., Press C to create partition, D to delete, Enter to proceed to install.

    "Unknown Disc"
    There is no disck in this drive.
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    "Unknown Disc"
    There is no disck in this drive.
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    If I press C, it does nothing; if I press Enter it gives me the blue screen of death.

    I thought Vista might be the cause, so I used a program called "DBAN" to completely wipe my hard drives. I then wrote zeroes to both hard drive's (WD Raptor Xs) using Western Digital's 'Data Lifeguard Hard Drive Diagnostic Tool'. WD says this restores the HDDs to like-new status.

    I thought I may have a hardware problem (although while Vista was installed my computer was working just fine) and ran RAM as well as HDD diagnostics. My RAM suceeded without error, as well did both my Hard Drives.

    Now, my computer is completely wiped - no OS, no files on HDD. I attempted to install XP again. I got as far as the partitions again (same as last time). It isn't recognizing my HDDs and when I press Enter to proceed with install I get blue screen of death.

    So, my question is, how do I resolve this problem and successfully install my copy of Windows XP?

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    are you using a raid setup?

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    If you go into your Bios settings, are the HDD's being correctly recognized in there? When you get to the partition page, do your drives show up as RAW, NTFS or FAT32?
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    Ah I FINALLY fixed it, the problem was I needed to install the SATA drivers for my mobo as Windows wasn't recognizing my HDDs. I F6'd at Windows Install Startup to force installation of 3rd party drivers. I said up RAID 0 again as well. Happy now Thanks for your help anyways guys.

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