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SATA driver needed for reinstall of XP

by justifiedsoul / January 31, 2009 7:07 PM PST

My Dell Optiplex desktop had a blue screen crash, and I tried everything I knew to fix it. The problem is it won't recognise the SATA hard drive and I don't have a driver for it. Originally it left the factory with a 40GB IDE drive and has since been fitted with a 160GB SATA by the person I bought it from. The Dell site has no drivers for it, nor Intel's, and I'm struggling to find the right one.

I really want to avoid putting another drive in if possible, but ultimately I want to get it working again. I bought the PC specifically for music and video, so speed is of the essence.

I've run out of ideas as to where to find the right driver for this and any and all help would be gratefully received!

Dell OptiPlex GX270 P4 2.8Mhz (Intel 865G chipset)
XP Professional SP3
512MB Ram
256MB Zotac Geforce AGP Graphics card

Thanks for looking.

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(NT) Make and model of the SATA drive?
by Coryphaeus / January 31, 2009 8:07 PM PST
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HD Model no.
by justifiedsoul / January 31, 2009 8:58 PM PST

The model no. is ST3160023AS I think it's a Seagate. Does it matter? I was told it's down to the motherboard rather than the individual HD. Is that correct?

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Make an install "plan"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 9:32 PM PST

Installing XP to sata machines is well discussed. I won't write about that but share what you might miss.

1. Set the BIOS set as such:

Onboard IDE Operate mode - Enhanced
Enhanced mode - SATA
Configure sATA as RAID - No
Serial ATA BOOT - Enabled
IDE Detect Time Out = 35

2. Download the latest raid drivers from and use the floppy exe to make a F6 disk.

3. Start installing the OS and press F6 when it asks.

4. Feed it the floppy noted above.

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by justifiedsoul / January 31, 2009 9:44 PM PST
In reply to: Make an install "plan"

Thank you. I was having problems actually finding the right driver but I think I've got it now. I'll check the bios and make sure it's as stated, many thanks!

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I know this is an old thread but...
by Atomazersky / February 7, 2013 6:22 PM PST
In reply to: :-)

I'm having the same problem. Do you know what drivers you used or remember where you found them?

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