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XP home second disc not recognised

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Rather than with both HDDs, try booting with only the smaller drive. It could be
something simple like the master boot record needing fixed. If it will not boot
with only the smaller drive, then try booting from the WinXP installation disk and
see if it will detect the drive and offer to format if needed, and make it bootable.
After that, power down and install the larger drive, bootup and check BIOS to
make sure the smaller drive is preferred boot drive, then reboot and see if it works. Try not changing the cables too. Leave the primary
cable attached to the smaller drive.