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Installed new western digital hard Drive, 160 Gig.HD is not detected in manufacturers setup disk, and also not in BIOS. chanel 1 cabel has no hard drives displayed, chanel 2 ribbon cabel(secodary), shows both my CD-RW'S. Cofused, can you help?

The origina HD has WIN XP on it.I got a virus, microsoft sent me a online fix for it, but I needed to use IE browser to do it. IE stopped working, tried to reinstall IE, but kept saying I already have a newer version and stopped the install. Now I tried to reinstall XP over the old XP, but it locked up when it asked me for a Video driver disk. Everytime I reboot the machine, it starts XP setup and does the same thing. Can not get out of it. I heard that a half installed XP you cann't ABORT, then what do I do, format and loose everything? So I installed this new drive as mentioned above and can not get it formatted or anything because it says it is not there. I changed cables, channels, trppled check the master/slave config. , I am lost. Can anyone help before I have to bite the bullet and bring it in to the shop?

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If the old harddrive shows up, then this sounds like your new hdd is bad. Do you have another machine you can try the drive in?

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