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Dell Demension 8400 new sata drive install

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:) Dell Demension 8400 new sata drive install I have 4 settings in the bios
raid autodetect/ahci
raid autodetect/ata
raid on
all these get the same result after I do the f6 and install floppy with raid driver i get a message saying (no harddrive you may need to check your disk related hardware configuration this may involve running a manufacturers supplied diagnostic or setup program setup cannot continue)

if I use the other setting in the bios is combination I get either a stop error with blue screen or the the install gets to past the drivers .cab files then start showing up as not able to install till it finally says setup failed

this is a brand new drive,I used the dell operating disk supplied,also 2 other xp pro disks and even a 2000 system disk they all do the same I am sure not all these disks are errored or corrupted I found out that you have to use a partitioning software called media direct I used this and still have the same problem of the setup disk when it is copying the files gets to the drivers.cab file then after that drops files saying they were not copied or error and windows may not work properly untill after about 5 of these the system just stops and tells me to reinstall windows as it did not complete properly
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Does the BIOS recognize the hard drive?
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