Here was my problem:
My new SATA drive is not recognized during the installation of Windows XP. The installer reports that "there is no drive present" for the Windows installation, even though the hard drive shows up in the Boot Setup's "drivers" menu.
I did a google search and found out:
During the initial installation of Windows, you will need to press F6 almost immediately when "Setup is inspecting your hardware..." appears on the screen. You will then be asked to provide any mass storage controller drivers you may have. At this point, use the drivers supplied by your controller manufacturer (or motherboard manufacturer).
What exactly are the drivers they refer to? Motherboard drivers? If so, do I get the drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's website? (I didn't receive anything with the computer.) How do I know what my motherboard manufacturer is? My Dell Dimension 9100 manual doesn't specify.
Or are they referring to drivers from the HDD manufacturer?