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Fresh Install SATA HD to Dell Dimension 4600

by skyhawk130 / April 16, 2009 4:43 PM PDT

Main Board Intel 865G
Would like to replace E-IDE HD CS with a SATA HD. Two SATA ports visible on the motherboard. CD/DVD Player currently hooked to IDE (Possibly SATA potential). If I plug the SATA HD into the SATA on the motherboard will it be recognized?
Will the CD/DVD continue to be recognized so that I might install a fresh XP Pro installation? Or could I run the CD/DVD player to the 2nd SATA hook on the motherboard? Would it be recognized?
I'm aware of the possible BIOS setting changes that might have to be done. Would I also have to load drivers to gain recognition and would there be a paticuliar order that should occur?

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You need to reveal which OS?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 16, 2009 10:12 PM PDT

Vista, Linux (or a modern OS) know about SATA. Windows XP and earlier needs you to research or get Dell to tell you how to install.

I didn't see you supply a link to the Dell documentation so be sure to scour that too.

I've played mix and match on SATA, IDE but the lesson I've learned is to be flexible. If it's not working, go back to IDE.

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Sata Installation
by skyhawk130 / April 17, 2009 12:59 PM PDT

Words of Wisdom for sure,
I'm planning to install either XP Home or XP Pro. Main trip seems to be if the CD/DVD (Not Sata ready) will continue to be recognized as I attempt to install Sata HD and install fresh Windows XP. Previous setup has the CD/DVD as Slave to the old HD (which is history, removed). Would it be wise to leave it wired as is?

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