Question about Gateway (M520HD80G) Hard Drive
New hard drives don't have an O/S installed, so they just be prepped and the O/S reinstalled, along with your applications.
Does your computer "see" the new drive? If the drive was properly connected, a modern computer will automatically detect it, and you shouldn't need to do much if anything in BIOS.
There is a key sequence to get into the BIOS setup, differs from computer to computer.
Assuming the computer detects the drive, the O/S install should partition, format, and install. Some SATA machines may not install Win XP without some additional work. Do you have the CD(s)/DVD(s) that came with your computer? If so, they should have all the proper drivers (including for SATA interfaced drives).
Hopefully this will help.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
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