Question about Dell 80GB SERIAL ATA EIDE 7200 RPM FOR THE GX270 Desktop Computer System series (DELL80GBGX270) Hard Drive

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When trying to install new HD

First of all, when paying the 9.95... it has the wrong system listed, I have the Optiplex GX280 Anyway, when trying to install a new hard drive, Western Digital, it says that Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on this computer

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The computer is not recognizing the hard drive.make shure the jumper wires on the hard drive are correct.

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Seems u have an earlier version of xp which does not have the AHCI drivers required under the default setting of the controller
Please follow this

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