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If it is not this, then most likely you have made a HD jumper error, you could try moving the 20 gig to 2nd ide slave behind your cd and see if this helps.
my old drive doesnt have a partition but the one I am putting in does have a partition
The drive in the machine does NOT have a partition? How does it boot if there's no OS installed on the Master?
There are definately communication problems here, please try to rephrase what you are trying to say. I'm sure we can help you, but I for one don't really understand the problem.
As stated before you can't boot from a drive that has no partitions. If you've got Windows on the drive then it HAS been partitioned but you have only one partition (partitioning in hard disks has a different meaning to normal usage).
If ME has a FAT 32 partition it won't recognise the XP partition which is probably an NTFS one. But if you boot from the XP drive it should recognise the ME one especially if the BIOS has picked it up (you have set the jumpers correctly), have excluded the drive and it's connections as being faulty, and have only the XP drive set in the BIOS boot sequence (to avoid confusion). Hitting F1 to save is usually a BIOS instruction. So all you have saved by hitting F1 is changed BIOS settings. If those changes happened automatically you may want to manually check the BIOS to make sure everything says what it should say.