Hi all, I tried to upgrade my dad's Dell Dimension 4600 with a new hard drive. He currently has a 40 gb IDE drive. I tried to install a 500 gb WD sata drive. After installing it I booted up the computer and the BIOS recognized it and I was able to access it. I then tried to copy the old hard drive onto the new one with the manufacturer's software and the computer restarted. Now the BIOS recognizes the new 500 gb sata drive, but when the computer passes BIOS it goes to a black screen with a black cursor. If I unplug the new sata drive the computer boots up just fine. I have the old IDE drive set as primary master and the cd-rom set up as primary slave. I've tried the sata drive on both primary and secondary and I get the same results. He is running windows xp sp3. Does anyone know how to fix this or give me any insight?
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Edit: The drives are setup as the IDE drive being the primary master and the cd-rom is the secondary master.
You have 2 hard drives with operating systems installed? Remove IDE HD or copy needed files from it and format.
On 2nd thought......disconnect the IDE HD to insure that the OS was successfully copied to the WD.