You might need to format it in XP but this is fairly easy, if you attach it like djwhite said then boot up XP should auto detect it, though until it is formatted it will not show up in "My Computer".
So you will need to goto Control Panel then Administrative Tools, and open the Computer Management interface.
Then click on Storage in the Computer management window, then Disk Management (local)
You should be able to see your new disk there as well as the old one.
Right Click on the New Disk and select Format.
I am not 100% sure what you can do after that as I dont want to accidentily format either my system drive or my data drive, but if you get that far and arent sure what to do then post a screen shot (press Print Screen button then open Paint Shop Pro or other graphics editor, then either press Ctrl+V or create a new image, then paste. Then you can crop the image down to the size of the format window) I apologize if that last bit on screen shots was insulting I am just covering all the sections
I think you can also partition with the disk management tool, but your performance will be better without a partition according to dealer - another user here.
go to the official website of the hard drive maker if you do not get a manual with your hdd... and make sure that you know what pins to stick the jumper on to make the drive either a slave or a master... to format it make sure it is a slave... and then you can do whatever you want...
once you have set everything up you can mess around with the boot sequency in the bios... ie hdd 1 hdd 2 cdrom floppy.. or whatever other sequence you wish to use...
since you have a small hdd.. you may not want to partition it since there does not seem to be a reason to...
also try and check what jmper setting your current hard drive has to make sure it is the master...
You use fdisk to make the partitions on the drive, then you would use
format D: <-- for second drive
to format the drive in FAT16 or FAT32 if when you used fdisk you said yes to support for large hard drive sizes then it will format in FAT32.
But really you are better off doing it all from the diskmanagement thing I mentioned earlier
I have posted a screen grab of my disk manager thing
Your hd will be on the end of IDE1, and the other end goes to the motherboard, there should be another plug in the middle of the cable, but some cables don't have this. You need to plug the second hd into the middle plug, then the computer will find it.
If you cable doesn't have the plug in the middle, your cheapest solution would be to buy a new IDE cable.
One end to the IDE port on the MB and the other to the HD and the middle one into the other HD all of a sudden I cant get into windows. The computer asks me to put in proper boot media meaning that it doesnt boot from the hd when i put the cable in like that
yep boot order should be something like
C drive (aka HD-0)
or you can have
You need to make sure that (if you are using ATA100 cables) the old hard drive with 2k on it needs to be master and have the black connector plugged into it. The new one needs to be set to slave and plugged into the gray connector and the blu connector needs to go into the motherboard.
Then everything should be ok.
Now you should bootup and enter the BIOS (press Delete or F8 or F2 or whatever button your BIOS uses) and select the HDD Auto Detect, or in the BIOS settings there should be a list of the drives connected goto the Primary Slave one and press enter, there should then be an option to Auto Detect it.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS