computer dont see hard drive

Dell Optiplex gx280 desktop
March 23, 2010 at 15:44:06
Specs: Windows XP pro 32 bit
how do i know if my hard drive is bad or a wire connection if my computer dont see my hard drive
i bought this computer from ebay and i bought this hard drive from ebay also

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March 23, 2010 at 16:26:27
Hopefully you didn't pay much?

What are you trying to do with the HDD, install XP on it? XP doesn't natively support SATA HDDs. The drive will not be recognized until you do one of 3 things:

1. go into the BIOS & change the HDD setting to 'IDE compatibility' (if available)

2. start the XP installation, then press F8 & load the SATA drivers from a floppy disk

3. create a new XP CD with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.

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March 23, 2010 at 16:46:22

This tower uses a sata drive with xp pro I have two others just like this one

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March 23, 2010 at 16:48:54
Well, since you don't wanna answer the questions, explain the problem.

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