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Hi guys, so my friend asked me to try and fix his laptop a few days ago but so far I've not had much luck. I backed everything up using the file manager in Parted Magic and afterwards used the secure erase option to format the hard drive. After that I tried to install a copy of XP sp2 on it but it blue screened. I went back into Parted Magic, looked in the file manager and there appears to be filed left behind. I'm unable to touch them, I tried using DBAN and other Killdisk but with no luck. Is there any way for me to completely erase the hard drive so that I can install OS (I've tried XPS2 and my copy of Windows 7 now).

It's a Compaq Presario cq61 and came with Vista.

Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.
Edited by Nhopew - 8/27/13 at 1:25pm
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you probably need to insert the sata drivers into your installation disc:

http://www.wikihow.com/Slipstream-Your-SATA-Drivers-Into-a-Windows-XP-Installation-CD-Using-nLite
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I've heard a few people say that, as far as I know they're part of the sp2 installation, anyway, I've also tried a windows 7 installation but the both fail, the only difference is that XP blue screens and 7 just closes.
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Try swapping your HDD back to IDE mode if its on AHCI mode in the BIOS before installing windows
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Check to see if it is in ahci mode or not.It may need to be set to(the sata controller)non ahci,like legacy or ide mode.
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Don't actually have the options to do anything like that, everything is greyed out.
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Is it possible that the files remaining or the laptops configuration, maybe something in the bios is limiting me from installing the os and that I need to use the specified version of Vista? (In the bios it says factory installed OS: Vista)
Edited by Nhopew - 8/28/13 at 10:16am
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you could try vista with insterted sata drivers. might be the way to go. sata drivers are usually the issue
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Don't actually have the options to do anything like that, everything is greyed out.

Sounds like the BIOS has an admin password installed. You need to enter it to unlock the BIOS settings
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