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HDD not reconigized

I have an old duron 800mhz with 256mb and i want to install a 40gb hdd with xp pro already installed. cannot get anywhere. please can anyone help a novice!!

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Re: HDD not reconigized

You need to press F2 or Del on start up and enter the bios to get your hard drive recognised, normally F10 to auto identify or select automatic. You will have to select the advanced cmos settings and set your cdrom as first boot device and insert your XP cd save settings and exit, as the system wont boot because of the hardware change, so you will need to let it install the setup files, then use the option to press R to repair the system or enter to install windows again.

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