so i made a topic earlier here http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic132570.html how my hd wasnt working, got bod....so i connected it to my computer using an 2.5 to 3.5 ide adapter and have been able to transfer some of the data so far. anyhow, i bought a new eide blue scorpio 320 gb for my dell inspiron 9300 but i have been having problems and i dont know whats up. I had some troubles installing xp on it... i was able to format and copy all the windows files and let it reboot....i think it just hung there. maybe i wasn't patient enough? so i connected it to my desktop and installed it that way. i was able to get it up on running on there so i put it back into the laptop but it wont boot up! it just says "hard disk cannot be read what could be the problem" why is that? any ideas? Always something weird is that I booted up into BIOS and saw that the HD primary was read to be like 137GB big or something odd like that. the drive is a 320GB drive...whats up with that? so what could be the problem, is the mobo bad? specifically where it connects to the HD. Thanks!