Installing XP on replacement hard drive

  mhov 16:04 29 Jun 2007

I am trying to replace a 12gb hard drive in my Dell Latitude CPx laptop with a 60gb hard drive from another laptop which is unusable due to a motherboard failure. I reformatted the larger drive and fitted it to the Dell ready to install XP but when I switch on I get a message saying that the hard disc is protected by a password authentication system. I am invited to enter the password - but I have no idea what it is - and no recollection of ever setting a password when the disc was in the previous laptop. Is there anyway I can find out what the password might be?

  pk46 17:39 29 Jun 2007

Then you could not have formated the drive you have the option on WXP to delete that partition and start afresh,your deleting data not accessing it.

  mhov 20:49 29 Jun 2007

I formatted by connecting the drive up to my desktop (via a USB port)highlighting the drive, then selecting "format" from the file menu. Is that not sufficient to wipe the disc?

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