I am working on a dell computer for my father-in-law. About 2 months ago the hard drive crashed and I was able to bring it back with help from this site and restore most of his files. Now unfortunately it has happened again and once again he didn't back it up (after I told him he needed to). Anyway, he bought a new hard drive (WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKB 500GB) and his old drive is (Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB). I have connected both drives making the new drive master and the old drive slave. However, whenever both drives are connected neither is recognized in bios. If i disconnect either on or the other it is recognized.
I have checked the jumpers and cables and still cannot figure out why they are not being recognized together.
Second, I removed the old drive and I am trying to install windows on the new drive. I cannot get anything to install to it and am not sure where to go. I do not have an original XP disk. I just have the recovery disks that come with the computer. Would I be better off upgrading to another windows?
I am stuck on what to do and where to go. In my perfect world (is there such a thing?) I want the new drive partitioned and loaded with windows. I then want to be able to get the files off the old drive. I do know that the old drive is working (i am able to get into it from the recovery disk) it just isn't bootable.
Please help! If this is a lost cause please let me know. I will check this as often as I can on my computer and I also have the Ultimate Boot CD so I can use any items from that.
Thanks in Advance!