|Can you boot to a DOS prompt? Black screen with "C:\>" showing? |
If not, re-attach via adapter to a desktop machine & configure the disk correctly.
Be aware that the HD's jumpers must be set as "Master". Using a Win98/ME bootable startup floppy's FDISK.exe utility, set "primary partition active".
Once you can get to where the HD boots to a DOS prompt "C:\>", THEN type in "smartdrv.exe", Enter.
Type "cd\i386", Enter. Type "winnt.exe", Enter.
Only after you verify that the WinXP setup can begin while connected to a desktop machine, can you then assume that the same procedure will later work when attached to the IOpener.
Also: try and only use the slimmer 9.5mm height laptop HD's, for easier fitting in the IO's cramped spaces.