I'm guessing that the first install that you did was with the Gateway recovery media? That'll find the HDD just fine.
(side note: you cannot transfer a Windows XP installation from one machine to another. Doing so will nearly always cause XP to immediately barf and bluescreen, due to the wildly different hardware.)
HDD show up in the BIOS? That's the first thing to check.
Slipstreaming SATA drivers into your XP disc is a little bit of a dark art. Done right, it JustWorks. Done wrong (even slightly), and the XP installer complains.
One thing you can do, if the lappy's BIOS will let you, is change the disc operating mode to IDE (may be listed as 'compatible.)
This will run the drive controller in IDE emulation mode, and let the XP installer 'see' the drive. But! Once you install Windows, you can't change it back to Native (SATA) mode.
Thanks for your reply.
>The original install when i bought the laptop must have been off the recovery disk. But since then i installed it with a version of xp sp3 that i got online. I am trying to switch to sp2 because i need a certain language option which isnt supported by sp3.
>I know about the hard drive swap and install being bad but i figured it would be better then nothing and would be worth the try.
>No the hard drive is not showing up in the bios but since it already has xp sp3 it boots up without a problem. (weird and makes absolutely no sense to me
>I will have to try and slipstream the drivers again because i dont see any other resolution to this problem.
>The Bios doesnt have the option for ite /sata so i really dont know what to do. (and yes i tried to upgrade bios but that didnt help.)
Leme know if you guys think of any other resolutions.