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There are two barriers to hard disk recognition, depending on the age of your BIOS. Around the 1997-98 timeframe, the upgrade from a max of 8gig to 32gig happened, then in late 1999, the upgrade from 32gig to 128gig happened. If you have an older BIOS, you'd see the symptoms you describe. Check the date of your BIOS, and also check if there is an upgrade for your MB available from the manufacturer's web site.

One thing to try is to remove your primary drive and install the new drive as the only drive, jumpered as master. See if you can get it recognized that way. This would indicate some sort of conflict between the drives. You might also try a separate cable and connect the second drive as a master on the second IDE connector.
 
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