my system finds the HDD but when trying to install WIN.XP.PRO, there is a message saying HDD cannot be formatted. sometimes when it is formatted and win.xp.pro files are copying to the HDD, a message says the disk is damage or currupted. i used 3 HDD and it is the same results.
if the drives were used before you don't need to create a partition just format the partition that is already there is good enough ,if the 3 drives you tried were all new ,maybe yes you would need to create a partition first
3 different disk all saying the disk may be corrupt !
maybe its refereeing to you windows disk being corrupt and not able to copy files ,maybe you could borrow a disk and try it