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New Maxtor SATA drive into computer with OS on IDE drive?

WHY!! My computer wont accept this new SATA drive!! In my BIOS, I have my Boot Disc set as drive 0 (my EIDE 40 gig drive with XP Pro sp 2 on it) and my SATA drive can be seen in the BIOS and is enabled, but CANNOT be seen while in windows!! What the heck is wrong!! I have tried calling customer support and am REALLY P.O. Why in heck wont this computer find it? PLEASE help me understand how to make it appear in my computer. System specs: XP Pro sp 2 Pent 4 HT 1 Gig ram 1 40 gig HDD (master) 1 20 gig HDD (slave) and my new Diamondmax 10 300 gig SATA drive that WILL NOT appear in windows. Motherboard is shown as IBM which is printed on it and BIOS is IBM Desktop something yadda yadda yadda 2.0. Please give me some support, as Indian support would not help since they did not know English well.

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Try to change your master as the 300gig then secondary master 40gig then your slave 20gig. then check it to the bios

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