Thanks for a quick reply, but I cannot boot the computer with the new drive plugged in. It hangs at the Gateway Splash Screen. No way to run anything. Can't even get up in safe mode.
What I did do though was to remove the drive, boot the system, plug in the drive, format/partition it, copy a few files to it, etc to prove it was working.
But then on reboot - the same exact hang. Again I can unplug the drive, boot, replug-in the drive and work on it but that seems a bit unnecessary.
You may have some boot files on your secondary drive.
Remove the old drive, put in the new.
Boot off the XP disc.
Use the first R option to access the repair console.
The admin password is blank by default, so just hit enter when prompted.
At the command line run the following commands:
After that, boot back into the BIOS. Make sure the correct hard drive is set as the first boot device, and exit.
Restart, and try booting into windows.
For the new hard drive, you'll need to go into disk management, format it, and assign a drive letter.