I have tried to do a new install of WIN XP on a laptop and silly me chose the upgrade option instead..... so it did most of that then started rebooting all the time... so then (in my wisdom) i tried a new installation - during the setup when it asks you what partitition to install on this laptop says UNKNOWN DRIVE - there is no disk in this drive. it repeats 4 times.

Can anyone please please please help me.

I also tried the ASR option and on c: chkdsk - it comes up with - The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.

This laptop is only 4 months old.