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SATA Drive

by vm2006 / July 27, 2007 10:03 AM PDT

I am trying to put together a new computer
I made a few before with IDE hard drives and had no problems.
Now my new motherboard works just with SATA drive and I have no idea how to install windows xp, it just does not see a drive.
Any ideas?
Thank you

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There are a couple
by jackintucson / July 27, 2007 10:11 AM PDT
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of reasons for your problem. Read the motherboard's manual carefully. It should tell you how to handle a single disk as opposed to RAID configurations. This will require setup in the BIOS. Positioning the data cable in the correct connection on the motherboard is also critical. Does the POST recognize there is a drive there?

and life goes on...


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sata drive
by vm2006 / July 27, 2007 10:44 AM PDT
In reply to: There are a couple

I have no manual
Motherboard is bulk cheep
May be I will try to find it online
But bios does see the sata drive I have 2 12oG, it sees one 250G
as soon as i try to load windows setup adorts because it does not see it

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Here's a primer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2007 10:50 AM PDT
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sata hard drive
by vm2006 / July 27, 2007 11:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's a primer.

Unfortunately I have xp sp1
Tried to press F6 nothing happens
Gee... it was so easy with IDE

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Maybe, look at...
by Willy / July 27, 2007 2:01 PM PDT
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Mount only 1 SATA drive and have the SATA driver s/w already copied to a floppy. You do have a floppy drive? Then go through the XP install again and when it asks for(F6) ext. s/w to mount it, then direct to floppy as source. Get the SATA from the mtrbd. support website or if the HD maker has it, get it that way. If this is successful, then shutdown and add your 2nd SATA drive. SATA are a pain in XP setup, so don't feel left out. You can google away for other possible methods, but the above is the most accepted method. Otherwise, you may need to slipstream a XP bootdisk with SP2 as part of the latest updates to get over, since you mentioned only SP1.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Do you have some USB Keyboard?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2007 10:49 PM PDT
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Sometimes you have to have the old PS2 keyboard for F6 to work.

Yes I know that some BIOS setting might cure this but let's go for the method that works everytime.


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sata hard drive
by vm2006 / July 28, 2007 11:42 AM PDT

It does not see a USB keyboard I am using a regular one
I need to find somewhere a floppy drive, have not use one for 4 years at least
Motherboard is Gigabyte GA K8N Pro
Not a big loss but I do not want to quit because I need a ps and now no matter what I will still need to go through the same thing with any SATA MB because I do not want VISTA OS
Any other suggestions?

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Oh. I didn't know...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2007 11:48 AM PDT
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You didn't have the floppy drive. Many are complaining about this during a SATA XP install. The workaround is to slipstream the drivers. You'll find that procedure on google but a floppy drive seems too easy.

It's why I now own an USB FLOPPY DRIVE.


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Help with SATA
by CornerStone__ / July 30, 2007 11:51 PM PDT
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First I'd Double check the sata drive is properly connected, power and data connection. Then I'd try installing linux, works the easiest, see if it recongnizes it. If not I'd get a new ata or ide. atleast 5400 you wont know the difference. good luck

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