Older computer will not recognize new hard drive

By Moored7 ·
I trying to replace an aging drive on a circa 2001 PowerSpec. It's the original 15GB with now Windows XP. There is a second drive (300GB) set as slave on the same cable. It's been running this way for years. I've had a poke around in the bios and both drives are set for 'auto' in the blocks/tracks page. The new drive is a WD 40 GB, nothing fancy. Removing the secondary existing drive causes no boot. Removing both and replacing with the new drive results in an error "cannot find any drive" to paraphrase. I seem to recollect seeing all drives were set to PIO mode, which struck me as odd. I've done a fair amount of building over the last 6 years, but the old bios options I think are throwing me. Any notion as to how to get this going. My goal is to create a partition on the old 300gb drive, clone the OS drive onto it, install the new drive and close off that partition. Thx!

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