Hello, all, this is my first post. Unfortunately, it is a request for assistance

I have looked through the tutorials and post about installing Bt2 to my hard drive in both single and dual boot configurations. I have a gateway cx2610 laptop w/ an 80 gb hitachi travelstar hard drive. I have XP tablet installed as an NTFS drive along w/ a small fat32 backup drive in front of it on the partition table. I want to install Bt2 as a second OS but neither qtparted, fstab or even dmesg dev show a hard drive at all on the system. They all show only /dev/hda as my dvd/cd drive.

When I type mount (as instructed in the dual config video), I get:

tmpfs on / type tmfs (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw, devgid=10, devmode=0666)

I have tried to fdisk sda, hcd and any other poss choice I thought it might have the hard drive as, but I have found nothing.

I greatly look forward to using this program, and appreciate in advance any assistance you all can provide.