|"Dell Dimension 9100"|
Apparently it's a Desktop -
"...i have the Reinstallation CD for the os which i had when i brought the pc...."
"Right so far ive tried to reboot using the disk it starts to work then says there's no hard drive installed."
"...old hard drive which was a maxline plus II 250gb sata.I was told by the shop all i needed to do is unplug this one and too put the same connector into the new harddrive which is a Hitachi 1TB..."
So the new hard drive is SATA too.
The SATA hard drive must be detected in the bios Setup fine.
If it isn't....
Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)
The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.
The new drive is probably SATA II (300 mb/sec max burst speed) . Some older main chipsets that support SATA but not SATA II will recognize a SATA II drive, as a SATA drive, but some will NOT recognize a SATA II drive at all, unless you can install a jumper on two pins on the drive to limit it to SATA specs (150 mb/sec max burst speed). Some SATA II hard drive models have that capability, some do not. E.g. Seagate desktop drives do, and two different Seagate 500gb SATA II models I've bought already had the jumper installed when they were new.
According to what I've seen, many Dell models that have XP on them originally come with a Reinstallation CD for the XP OS that is merely a slightly modified version of a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD. You may have also gotten a Drivers and Applications CD or similar along with that CD.
Assuming there's nothing else wrong, the Reinstallation CD for the XP OS does NOT have SATA controller drivers built in, so when you have a SATA hard drive, and if the bios has the SATA controllers in a SATA mode, the (2000 or) XP CD will NOT find any SATA drive by default.
The easiest way to get around that is...
- go into the bios Setup and set the SATA controllers to an IDE compatible mode of some sort. There will be a changable setting that is presently set to SATA or AHCI - change that to IDE Compatible, or Compatible, or EIDE, or IDE, or ATA, or PATA, or similar, Save bios settings
We usually cannot tell you which IDE compatible setting to look for, because there is usually no info online that fully describes what you see in a brand name computer's bios version.
When that setting is set to an IDE compatible mode, then the (2000 or) XP Peinstallation CD WILL detect SATA drives, as IDE (EIDE) compatible drives, no problem.
When Setup has finished, after you have loaded the SATA controller drivers for your model, you can go into the bios and set the SATA controllers to a SATA mode again, if you so wish.
or - more effort required.
You leave the SATA controllers mode in the bios set to a SATA mode, and either...
- provide the SATA controller drivers while using the Reinstallation CD.
- You must have a legacy internal floppy drive installed and hooked up to the mboard - the Reinstallation CD cannot recognize almost all USB connected floppy drive models, and it cannot recognize driver files on other USB connected devices, or on other hard drives, or on other CDs or DVDs.
- you must have the proper driver files for the SATA controllers that are on the mboard on a floppy disk. If you got a Drivers and Applications CD, those may be on that. If not, those may be on the Dell site in the downloads for your model. If not, you need to go to the maker of the main chipset's web site and get them. You would need to copy the files to a floppy disk on some other computer.
- Very early in the loading of the files from the Reinstallation CD, you will see a line "Press F6 to load drivers for..." or similar. While that line is still on the screen, you need to press F6 - later on, you will be asked to provide the drivers - you insert the floppy disk with the driver files on it at that point. Then later on, XP's Setup will find the SATA drives fine.
- or - you make a "slipstreamed" CD, preferably a CD-R, on someone elses's computer, that has the contents of your original Reinstallation CD with the SATA controller drivers integrated into the contents of the CD. If you do that, you might as well integrate the SP3 updates into the contents of the CD at the same time.
You boot with the "slipstreamed" CD rather than the original Reinstallation CD, and use the Product Key you use for the original CD.
Instructions for how to do that are available many places on the web.
In any case,
- you use the Product Key found on the official Microsoft label that's on the outside of the case.
- after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
Load the main chipset drivers first. after Setup has finished
If you have a Drivers And Applications CD or similar that came with the XP Reinstalltion CD, use that.
If you didn't you need to get the drivers from the Dell site in the downloads for your model.
When Setup has finished, if the network adapter drivers required for your system are not built into XP, you will not be able to access the internet or Activate Windows over the internet, until you have installed at least the network adapter drivers you need.
If your XP Reinstallation CD does not have SP3 updates included.....
See Response 6
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."