|A search on the web finds your Acer 4920 uses a SATA hard drive.|
When your model supports using a SATA hard drive, there is ALWAYS some sort of setting in the bios Setup where you can change the SATA controller mode to an IDE compatible mode.
It may NOT be worded the same way as mavis 007 pointed to in response 2, but whatever it is, it's presently set to SATA or AHCI, it's changable, and at least one other choice is an IDE compatible mode of some sort, Save bios setiings.
An IDE compatible mode of some sort - e.g. IDE, EIDE, ATA, PATA, Compatible, or similar.
When the SATA controller mode is set to an IDE compatible mode, then the initial files loaded from the XP CD WILL detect the SATA drive, as an IDE compatible drive.
After Setup has finished, after you have loaded the main chipset drivers for your mboard and other drivers your model needs including the SATA controller drivers, then you can change the SATA controller mode back to SATA or AHCI in the bios, if you wish to.
When you install a hard drive that already has an existing Windows installation on it, if the mboard that was originally present when Windows was installed has hardware that is more than a little different from the one in the laptop you installed the hard drive in, Windows will often NOT load normally.
The symptoms of that vary.
- You may see the first bit of Windows graphics, then a black screen with a blinking cursor top left and nothing further happens .
- Windows may start to load but it doesn't get all the way to the desktop screen before the computer reboots and then it does the same thing again, in an endless loop.
That can be fixed by running a Repair installation of XP, without you losing any of the personal data that you have added to the partition Windows was installed on, which is usually C, IF AND ONLY IF....
- the Windows CD is the same version, Home or Pro, as the Windows installation on the hard drive.
- Windows was originally installed from a regular Microsoft CD, OEM or retail, or you have the brand name system supplied OEM XP re-installation XP CD that came with the system model you installed the hard drive in that you can use.
You cannot use an brand name system supplied OEM XP re-installation XP CD that came with one brand name system model on another brand name system model, unless the model is the same, or possibly unless the model is in a small group of models that were made around the same time. The CD will refuse to load Windows from scratch, and refuse to run a Repair installation of Windows.
You CAN use a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD to run the Repair installation of Windows, or to install Windows from scratch, along with the OEM Product Key that's on the outside of the brand name system computer case for the same version, Home or Pro, that's on the official Microsoft label.
A regular Microsoft OEM XP CD - has the Microsoft holograms and "For Distribution with a new PC only." printed on it.