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I am trying to install windows 8 in my PC but its not detecting the hard disk whereas my current window i.e. windows XP is running smoothly and showing all the partitions of the hard disk.
Please help me out on this!!!!

Hi Ashwani!

If the disk is functional but Windows 8 doesn't see it, then it is most likely a driver issue. If so, you will need to load the driver into the Windows 8 install so it can talk to the controller managing the drive(s).

I can't give you any more specifics without knowing the make and model of your PC, and the make/model of your storage controller (if not the onboard SATA/IDE ports).

Feel free to follow up with additional information.  

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