I built a pc from the following components listed further down in late 2009. I used a Gigabyte motherboard and a Samsung SpinPoint F1 Hard Disk for my XP setup. However as much as i tried, the motherboard/bios settings would not recognise the hard disk on bootup. I had this problem for weeks and finally got around it by attaching an ancient IDE 2GB Hard disk from something like 1998 and the motherboard would recognise that hard disk first and then recognise my Samsung Hard disk.
When I try to remove this veteran IDE hard disk I get the same problem, I cannot get my pc to boot up with just the Samsung F1 hard disk.
How can i fix this problem permanently? I am finally getting around to this because i want to attach a new hard disk and install Windows 7.
Any ideas on why motherboard won't recognise my Samsung hard disk?
When you install XP it will have to be at least Service Pack 2 possibly Service Pack 3 at installation. This drive is new and the OS is old. Win 7 will probably recognize it at installation. Failing that you may have to upgrade your BIOS.