I also followed the instructions on the hdd sticker which said to boot into the Bios Menu as soon as I turned the computer on. In order to select AUTO DETECT, and enable LOGICAL BLOCK ADDRESSING (LBA). Just as a note, the portion of the menu that contained LBA was set to AUTO prior to me changing it.
After that I booted up into WinXp and launched the Disk Management tool. Initiated the hdd, right clicked it, selected to use the Partition Wizard, chose to use the drive as a Primary Partition, Selected the entire space available for use, set a drive letter, left something as ''Predetermined'' (I don't remember what it was, something about choosing 256, 512, or some other kb), and lastly chose NTFS. The hdd formatted and now shows up as a HEALTHY basic hdd.
I just wanted to know if I did this right or if I messed up at any point. All I wanted to do was to use the entire new drive as pretty much a storage for new data. I haven't done this in years so I'm a bit rusty which is why I'm wondering if I messed up on any of the steps.
BTW it's a PATA IDE drive!