+ 0 Votes Could be a BIOS problem jan.lutgert 6 years ago Hello Bruce, I have recently installed a WD 160GB harddisk in my computer. Installing Windows XP proved to be a painfully slow proces. So I suspected something could be wrong with the harddisk jumper settings or the BIOS. The WD website provides several solutions to this problem. Take a look at http://www.westerndigital.com/en/ In their "Support" menu select "Technical Information" and next "Jumper Settings". You will see a list with references to all kinds of installation issues. Your problem was mentioned as number 15: "How to use Data Lifeguard Tools 11 to install, partition, and format EIDE hard drives larger than 137GB". It seems the problem is caused by an old BIOS and operating systems (Win98, WinME) that do not support drives with a capacity above 137 MB (48-bit addressing) I hope this helps you solving the problem. Regards, Jan Lutgert + 0 Votes Getting XP Pro to recognize an additional HD after a rebuild diarbe Updated - 6 years ago From my experience - and it is stated all over the net that WINXP will not recognize larger drives until you install the service packs 1 at least. Install SP1 somehow and then use partition magic 8 to sort things out. + 0 Votes Try this--------- warnerpeter 6 years ago Go to www.grc.com and read about the program "SpinRite" developed by Steve Gibson. The program will completely rebuild your HD and recover anything that is recoverable. It is an excellent piece of code and I have used it sucessfully on many drives that were "left for dead". Just check it out and read about what it can do for you. + 0 Votes This just might fix your problem TWLAAAS 6 years ago Check this website out http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk + 0 Votes Fried motherboards Do Not Recover without ISSUES donaldcoe 6 years ago From a technical point of view, once fried always fried from chicken to electronics. We all exhibit old habits of not giving up on family members (i.e. computers that are dated). I noticed from your entries that you used a previous drive from another AUX that also died on that same Motherboard (MB), then you bought a new SATA which your old (MB)board would not correctly support or fully recognize. Windows 2K/XP will only see up to 137Gb until after Service Packs and updates are installed. There is a better way to see the whole drive before Windows is installed, by using Partition Magic application CD which can boot from CD, allows you to create partitions, format them, prior to installing Windows 2K/XP. In the Windows install process leave the previous format from Partition Magic, I guarantee the install process will be faster and without issues. Additional note: If the new drive is greater that 140Gb create equal partitions of 140Gb and you will get NO More errors. Old motherboards were designed when the max size drives were 80 to 120GB, in the past 6 to 8 years we have 160-200-250-350 and on and on. Windows tries to talk to the BIOS of the board if there are problems the problems keep on coming. + 0 Votes XP SP1a Download IC-IT 6 years ago You will need to install at least Service Pack 1A (or SP2) in order for XP to recognize the 48bit addressing (rives over 137GB). That assumes that your BIOS is also compatible. It can be downloaded here. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp1/default.mspx + 0 Votes Test and/or replace your power supply conceptual 6 years ago When q motherboard is fried the power supply is selcom unscathed. Even if voltages are nominally correct there may be problems under a full load. + 0 Votes Was the new HDD formatted initially....? STHKOne 6 years ago My question I can add to the discussion that you didn't elude to whether or not you formatted the HDD for NTFS. This can be done within the Windows XP (or any current iteration of the OS) through Disk Management. Check that first as this may be the reason the HDD doesn't recognize the new drive. I recently added a 120GB Seagate IDE to a 7yr old HP Pavilion about a year ago. Using Disk Mgmt first was the first thing I did prior to using the extra drive for new and then moving existing files from the existing 40GB drive the machine originally came with. Hope That Helps. Regards.. + 0 Votes Getting XP Pro to recognize an additional HD after a rebuild diarbe Updated - 6 years ago From my experience - and it is stated all over the net that WINXP will not recognize larger drives until you install the service packs 1 at least. Install SP1 somehow and then use partition magic 8 to sort things out.