|If you're not sure whether the bios settings are right, load bios defaults, save settings. The default settings will recognize the full size of the drive, if the bios version supports that. |
Supply the specific Dimension model.
For Dell computers, they have a Service Tag number - the specific model can be determined by using that on their site, or can often be determined there automatically by you downloading some software. The Service Tag number should be on a label on the outside of the case, probably on the bottom on a laptop, on the back on a desktop, and is often also shown in the bios Setup.
Does your XP CD have SP1 or later updates included on it?
If it has SP2 or SP3 updates, that's printed on the CD.
If it doesn't have SP anything printed on it, all the Microsoft CDs I've seen that DO have SP1 updates do NOT have SP1 printed on them. If there is no SP anything printed on it, it can either have no SP updates, or SP1 updates. The volume label - the label you see for the CD in My Computer or Windows Explorer - is different for CDs that have SP1 updates included - you can search using that volume label on the web to determine whether the CD has SP1 updates or not.
State the model of the SATA drive. That's on the label on the drive, shown under Disk Drives in Device Manager, and often shown in the bios.
More recent SATA drives are SATA II - the max burst speed is 300mb/sec - older SATA drives are SATA a.k.a. SATA I - they run at a max 150gb/sec burst speed - some older mboard main chipsets that recognize only SATA drives can't recognize SATA II drives properly.
If your drive is SATA II and your main chipset supports recognizing SATA II drives as SATA II drives, then you don't need to have any jumpers installed on the pins on the SATA II drive.