Firstly - I have a lot of applications in the task tray (near the clock) 23 according to Msconfig. Would this be a causing it
Secondly, when I installed the new drive, I removed the current hard drive and placed it where the removed 3.5 floppy was.
Obviously, the old A: was uninstalled in XP and disabled in the bios.
Therefore, I have the original hd in the existing 3.5 floppy bay - it fits, not too tightly
Underneath this is the new drive.
Therefore - system looks like this
X - Old Drive
Y - New Drive