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NEW HARD DRIVE DOES NOT WORK IN LEGACY LAPTOP

DELL 2500 REPLACED OLD 30G HARD DRIVE WITH NEW 120G AND LAPTOP WILL NOT BOOT UP? ALSO, FORMATTED 30G PARTITION TO TRY AND FOOL BIOS BUT, IT STILL DOES NOT LIKE NEW DRIVE.
THOUGHT THERE WAS SOFTWARE FIX TO MAKE NEW DRIVES WORK IN LEGACY LAPTOPS?

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Make sure you have the drive set as "Master"
Can you tell me what error your getting?
Then I can further assist you.
Thanks

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