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Did you bother to check if the new motherboard was compatabe with your hard drive? Because sometimes, the slots and stuff are, but the motherboard functions differently if the hard drive is not compatable by model. Check again, and maybe, the hdd wasn't put it wright or something.
Yes you can format this drive from your XP machine, or in vista (or xp for that matter) right click on my computer and then left click on manage.
When the computer management screen comes up highlight "Disk Management" on the left side. This will then display your drives in the right side. From here you can right click on the drive and create partitions, format etc.
You will need ghost or some other cloning software if you want to image the old drive to the new one. However if you have restore disks for the computer you should also be able to just install the OS on the new drive.
Try your old HDD in it and see if that works. If it does work then nothing is damaged except your DVD drive/Controller. Try putting the new HDD in another computer, installing windows then putting it back in the HP. If all else fails then flash the bios with an updated image and see if that rectifies the problem.
(1) go to Hp.com - load load the necessary Xp drivers for your unit - burn them to cd - then aquire a replacement hdd - install Xp on that - install the required drivers and walla you have one hdd with vista and another with XP
1). you must have Windows XP setup disk.
2). If your HDD is SATA interface then error message will be raise...No Hard Disk Found. To fix this problem goto BIOS setup and Make SATA disabled. then try to install.