xp desktop new ssd bios sees it xp device manager sees it and reports it is working properly. File manager fails to see it, fails to assign a letter to it. HOW TO FORMAT IT?

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Open the disk management console. See if you can see the drive listed there. You may need to initialize it, but will definately need to create the appropriate partition(s) before you can format it.

XP disk management won't align partitions properly for an SSD, and wrong alignment will hurt performance and reduce the life of your SSD. You need to use a third-party tool (or Win 7 or Vista, which do it automatically) to align partitions correctly. Some SSDs come with a bootable tools disc which can do the job. Google "align ssd xp" for details - there are lots of tutorials available, I'm not gonna write another one. :)

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