Since you say it doesn't see the hard drive, Bruce has the answer. You
might fing that there are no XP drivers available for that controller. Most
newer machines that come with Vista do not have prior system drivers,
especially protables and notebooks.
"jafri" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I installed Vista Ultimate 32 on my HP COMPAQ 300C recently. However, as
> I was not at home with Vista even after using the same for sometime, I
> formatted the C: Drive with third party software and tried to install XP
> Pro on my notebook, it just wouldn't see the harddrive and asks to exit
> setup. I have repeated this several times but without any success. The
> Interesting thing is that after each fiasco when I try to reinstall
> Vista, the installation goes hassle-free.
> I have heard that if Vista is installed on a harddisk, it does
> something to the harddisk which renders the harddisk useless for XP
> Would somebody tell me what I can do to solve my problem.