I believe I succeeded in the hardware install (opening up the sys. and exchange of HDDs).
Also, it looks like in setup/BIOS the sys. recognizes the correct model and size of the new Seagate Momentus HDD (it's a Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive).
But near the beginning of the XP Home install (SP1 or at least some early version I think) it does not appear to recognize that there is any mass storage device. . . . Early in the install there is also has some option to specify a new/different SCSI controller/adapter.
Here I get stumped. I've searched and read a bit, but I cannot find a clear/direct solution for this. Seagate support pages (http://knowledge.sea...11en?popup=true) indicate I need drivers, but these drivers are not from either Windows or Seagate. Seagate has the following info:
"Where to Find the SATA Drivers?
Here is a list of the most common SATA controller manufacturers.
All vendors mentioned in this message are independent of Seagate Technology; Seagate makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these companies or products. This information is provided, as is, solely for your information. To obtain product specifications and warranty information, please contact the respective vendor directly.
Onboard Serial ATA Motherboards
ASUS - http://usa.asus.com/
MSI - http://www.msicomputer.com/
Serial ATA PCI Controllers
Promise Technology, Inc. - http://www.promise.com
SIIG, Inc. - http://www.siig.com"
So I think I have my choices narrowed for where to download these drivers, but I could use some help so I download the correct one and have some instructions on how to install these from I suppose a USB/flash drive.
Thank you so much for any help!