if its sata, you will have to install drivers. you will have to format it. if your computer is running so hot that you have to leave the case open, make sure your heat sink is securely attached to ur cpu. apply new thermal compound if necessary.
your cpu might be causing it to not properly install also.
ok i have got a serious problem. i got a 80GB 7200 RPM Samsung harddrive just last week. The problem is that everytime I install XP (3 times and counting) within a day or 2 my computer continually sticks and freezes. It has a harddrive cooler attached to it. I have tried defragmenting the drive but that doesnt help.
Secondly i have some heat issues with my computer to point that i had to open the case and leave it open and put a fan to blow on it continually else it shuts off. What can i do about that?
And the third thing is that i notice my USB ports all four of them randomly stop working until i restart my computer. What do i do?
Thanks so much in advance for your help!!