Ok, HDD got winxp installed fine, but I always like to check the HDD when there new so I downloaded the Seagate HDD for my SATA HDD and it will go to 99% only of the Short Diagnostic test boot from floppy.
My Motherboard doesn't have SATA II and the HDD is a SATA II but there are no required jumper settings required to knock it back to 150 Sata
Sop because it will not let me test the hdd would you suspect I have a problem with the HDD ?
My old drive was tested on the Seagate Diagnostic Tools, and ran for another 4 months before it gave up. This was after I'd had all the warnings that it was about to die, and that it was full of bad sectors etc.
When I replaced it, the only thing I did do, was to make sure that it had a guarantee, via the site. Glad to say its covered for 5 years.