|The computer itself will boot fine and you will have video if there's nothing wrong with it - but the bios will not find a bootable partition on the hard drive because there is no data and no operating system on it. |
Going by previous experience, your model is probably a netbook that has no built in optical drive.
You should have stated the operating system you wanted to use on the hard drive
If that's XP, in most if not all cases the XP CD CANNOT recognize the USB optical (CD or DVD) drive model you try to use, and if so you can't install XP from the XP CD.
(The XP CD is recognized as bootable but when it attempts to load all you see is a blue screen. Even if you load the initial files normally loaded from the XP CD from a 6 floppy set in a conventional floppy drive [ the XP CDs only recognize a few OLD USB optical drive models that were available when XP was first released] intended for computers that cannot boot from a bootable CD or DVD, you still get merely a blue screen when you attempt to proceed to run Setup when the XP CD is in a USB optical drive.)
"And assuming XP is the OS you plan on installing, you're also going to have to create a new XP disk with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it."
You don't necessarily need to do that. The easiest way of getting around whatever operating system not recognizing your SATA drive controllers / SATA drive is to change a setting in the bios Setup.
You can install the SATA controller drivers after Setup has finished in that case.
Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:
If the original hard drive still works and has XP on it (people often want to install a larger hard drive) ,
- if XP on that still works fine,
- netbook models that have no optical drive usually have a second partition on the original hard drive that has all the data necessary on it to re-load the original brand name supplied soiftware installation. See the Recovery directions in your Owner's or User's manual, or on the Asus web site for your model
- if the original hard drive is merely too full, you can use free drive preparation software available from the web site of the maker of the original or replacement hard drive to copy the entire data contents of the original drive to the larger drive, but you must have, or make available, enough free space on the partition Windows was installed on to install the program and run it on the orignal hard drive.
If the original drive no longer works, or if it does but Windows is screwed up, what you need to do depends on which operating system you want to install on it.
See the Recovery directions in your Owner's or User's manual, or on the Asus web site for your model. E.g. You MAY be able to reload the original contents of C even when Windows will not work properly, if the orgiinal hard drive itself is working fine, if a line shows up while booting that allows you to press a key to start the Recovery procedure.
The official Microsoft label on the outside of your netbook shows which version of Windows you have the OEM license to use and the Product Key for it. If that's for Vista or Windows 7, you CAN use a Vista or Windows 7 DVD along with a USB DVD drive to install Windows.
If you check on the Asus web site, you may be able to buy a Recovery DVD or Recovery disk set for your model that can be used to install all of the original brand name supplied software installation on the new hard drive, by using a USB optical drive with it / them - if any of the disks are DVDs the drive must be a DVD drive.
If you can no longer get that, look here:
If that's available it's probably relatively inexpensive.