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Win xp does not recognize the harddrive

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Go to the manufacturer's site and check for diagnostics or preparation software for the model of hard drive you have. I found out that XP needs this software in order to recognize the SATA drive. Western Digital has two versions, one that makes a bootable floppy and one that makes a bootable cd. Your manufacturer may may be different

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Check bios and set the parameters for the new hard drive. These parameter should be found on the hard drive itself

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