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when reinstalling windows Xp professional on a dell Precision 670 with SCSI drives i get the error setup did not find any harddisk connected to your machine,how do I get setup to recognise the operating system

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You will need the storage driver for that controller. When you start the installer of the OS, it will ask you to press F6 if you have drivers. A little further down the setup, it will then ask for the disk containing them.

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You need to load the driver for the disk controller during setup. If you have a floppy drive you can put the driver onto a diskette and press "F6" at the appropriate time when setup is starting. If not then you'll probably want to use a tool like nLite to build a custom Windows XP setup CD w/ the driver on the disc.

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