Having problems with your Toshiba Satellite A100-S8111TD Notebook ?

I have a insperion 8100 laptop, I replaced the 20 gig hard drive with a new 100 gig drive. my bios is the latest update A15. It wont reconize the new hard drive, F1 and F2 will give me the same info no hard drive ? when I put in the win 98 XP disc it says not a bootable disc ? help... tks. jerry


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Sounds like the new drive is not "Initialized" The drive should have come with software that initializes and formats the new drive. After installing the new drive, boot the computer with the included software disc. Seagate and western digital have software that comes with their drives. If that is not possible, the other way is attach the drive to another computer, access the control panel > Administration tools > computer management > scroll down left pane and select "disc management" > this pane will show all hard drives on your system, including the new one. If the new drive does not show a partition in the right pane, then you have to RIGHT click on the name of the drive, which is the small tan box to the left of where the partition would be and select "Initialize" this is done immediately and is active immediately...no waiting. Disconnect the drive and re-install in the laptop.
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