I'm having trouble getting a hard drive to become detected. I have an AMD Athlon XP 1800+, 512 mb ddr sdram, nvidia geforce 2, and windows xp home edition. A while back (before this computer had windows xp), I was re-installing windows ME (it had gone squirrelly on me, I hate it), and the computer told me, during installation, that my old 40 gb hard drive was corrupt. So, I bought a new 40 gb hard drive (Maxtor again, a diamondmax plus 8) and connected that one. It worked fine, and when I tried to install xp, it said the new on was corrupt, so I thought what the hell and tried the old one. It worked :rolleyes: . Now, I want to see if I can get the new one to work again, but when I plug it in and start the computer, it beeps a few times, the computer detects it (I think it is detecting it) but it detects it as having no disk space. It might not even be detecting it at all. I have tried all sorts of partition/hard drive managers (including the autodetect in my bios setup), and nothing works. I am sure the cords are connected right.
Any help would be appreciated.

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By the way, the new hard drive that isnt being detected (or is being detected wrong, it's about 1 year old), as I mentioned is a Maxtor DiamondMaxPlus8, and it also states on the HD the words ATA/133 HDD. This might have to do with ATA. My other HD is working fine so I don't think u need info for it.


Give a little more info about what kind of partitioning software you used. All of your problems point to an un-partitioned hard drive.

only one change is needed ,In standard cmos setting if ur old hdd is set to USER than change it to AUTO.save setting then install new hdd.

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