Adding a SATA drive for data

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  1. Keith Paynter

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    I've done some searching on the forum about using SATA drives, and I'm still a bit stumped. If you are using a RAID device, you need to install the driver off the motherboard during the installation of Windows XP. How can you do this after XP is installed?

    I am (hopefully going to be) using a 250GB SATA drive for all video rendering, but since the SATA driver was never installed during the XP setup, how do I do it now?
     
  2. Mike Fassler

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    just install the driver after you install the drive. the chipset should detect a sata drive when you post at bootup,windows should prompt you for a driver then.
     
  3. Keith Paynter

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    Tried to install, Windows will not load the device driver. Got the yellow alert on the Devioce Manager hardware list.


    I updated the BIOS, installed the most current drivers from the Albatron website. No luck. I may have to invest in a RAID SATA PCI card...[​IMG]
     
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    Huh. I just installed the SATA driver on my SOYO motherboard, and plugged in the drive, and it worked; I get the impression that it's only necessary to install the driver at the time of OS installation if you're going to be installing onto a SATA drive.
     
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    Just use Windows XP Service Pack 2. It has the SATA drivers pre-installed. I installed XP just fine onto an sata drive three days ago.

    If you only have the original XP install CD you can download the SP2 install file (~266mb) and slipstream it into your XP CD, then make a new install CD-R which will install XP SP2 right off the bat.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search
     
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    How many drives are you using? The original post sounds like you're using one -- in which case RAID is irrelevent
     
  7. Keith Paynter

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    I had 2 IDE drives - the second one packed it in after 2-1/2 years 24/7. The SATA drive will replace the one that has passed on.

    I had a PCI IDE card, so I could replace it with a combo serial ATA/IDE ATA one.
     

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