Windows formatting problem

This week I met  with very strange kind of problem ,due to some malicious programs I decided to format my PC and I was installing Windows XP SP 3, when the setup started an error occurred which says :-
“Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program”
I was surprised to see such kind of error as my hard drive was working fine before, so there was very less possibility of hard drive failure.
I tried installing other operating system but it gave the same error. So, I did some thing new and it worked, I entered into BIOS by pressing F10 (there can be other key option for entering your BIOS) and then I saw my SATA hard drive was in enable mode, I disabled it and it worked. This kind of problem can be there in Compaq and hp laptops where there is a recovery drive partition provided by the manufacturer.

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