Well, you guys are going to hate me.
I've got two computers that need repairs (I'm the tech guy home from college and family expects it to be done).
One is an HP, almost-legacy age (5-6) years and on boot-up, does not recognize the hard-drive, I'm not sure if master or slave settings are incorrect, but I will need to double check that. Assuming they are, shouldn't bios automatically detect the hard-drive? The drive in question is a Seagate Barracuda, 80gb with 7200 rpm.
The second one is an IBuyPower.com product, about 2-3 years old. When I returned home, the original hard-drive was completely fried. I purchased a new hard-drive for this, an 80 gb Seagate Barracuda, 7200 rpm, IDE/ATA (not knowing that this was in the other computer, I assure you). On copying the Windows XP installation files, I get tons of "File cannot be Found" errors, seemingly randomly popping up. It may be due to a bad CD/DVD ROM drive, but I am unsure what to do.
Thank you for any and all your help, have a good night.