Fly2HMO
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Techies: How Do I Install A Sata Drive?

Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:49 pm

So In preparation for upgrades I got planned for my school computer, I've been doing some research. I think I'm all set, except that I'm rather lost as to how to install a SATA hard drive.

My mobo's manual is pretty vague, it just mentions how to plug it in. (http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d865glc/sb/cs-008973.htm) I'm hoping that's all it takes (like with IDE drives) and that it will somehow magically show up in the BIOS.

I've read in many websites that sometimes the process is a lot more involved, that you need to load drivers through the BIOS with a floppy (!) disk and some other weird stuff. I think I do remember seeing a floppy disk that came with my mobo, and IIRC it said something about RAID drivers in it.

I know every mobo is different, but how did you go by installing one of these?

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RE: Techies: How Do I Install A Sata Drive?

Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:11 pm

Vista or XP?

Vista seems to recognise most SATA drives automatically, whilst XP will generally require a driver (on floppy disk i may add) from the mobo manufactuers.

Been a while now since I did it, but thats what I remember.

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RE: Techies: How Do I Install A Sata Drive?

Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:17 pm

I forgot to mention my OS. Thing is I'm thinking about switching over to Vista so I can use DirectX 10. Currently I have XP, but I'd trash my current HD and maybe start with a fresh Vista install.

The fun part is gonna be installing drivers without an OS to begin with.
 
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RE: Techies: How Do I Install A Sata Drive?

Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:37 pm

I don't have any on my current PC (I could but mine are IDE) but I think it is really easy all you need is the cable and power adapter for it. Both the data cable and an a power adapter should have came with your motherboard provided your power supply doesn't have SATA plugs with it, all new power supplies.

If you have neither of these they are easy to find at any computer store.

What is good about SATA is you don't have to worry about the Master/Slave setup like with IDE all you have to do is slot the drives in the order you want in the boot sequence part of the BIOS. It's faster too Big grin.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 2):

The fun part is gonna be installing drivers without an OS to begin with.

If you are using XP you should have been given a SATA driver disk with your motherboard and in the XP setup it will ask you if you plan to install to a SATA drive and you hit I think F6 and it will install the driver and you will be on your way. If you weren't then download it.

If you are planning to install Vista it should detect the drive but in case it doesn't make sure you get the Vista SATA driver from the MB's website and you can put that on a floppy or a USB flash drive. (I would assume that the disk you were given works but I have never tried mine)
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RE: Techies: How Do I Install A Sata Drive?

Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:45 am



Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 3):
(I would assume that the disk you were given works but I have never tried mine)

Im more worried about my floppy drive working. I took it out of my rig about 4 years ago, I figured its one less thing for the PSU to power. It's been collecting dust ever since.
 
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RE: Techies: How Do I Install A Sata Drive?

Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:34 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 4):
Im more worried about my floppy drive working. I took it out of my rig about 4 years ago, I figured its one less thing for the PSU to power. It's been collecting dust ever since.

Well as I said if you are installing Vista just put the drivers on a USB stick and you should be fine. Also they only cost about $10-15 for a new one and $30 or so for an external USB one.

I hardly ever use mine but still with every computer I get I put one in because you never know when it will come in handy.
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RE: Techies: How Do I Install A Sata Drive?

Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:09 pm

ok honestly it depends on the mobo:

More recent ones tend to pick up SATA drives without drivers being needed. If thats the case Vista should work without loading additional drivers... you'll find out for sure when it gets to the "choose partition" screen.

HOWEVER, XP may require drivers on floppy at least the 1st time you install it on that system. It's maybe a 50/50 toss up if you see the drive listed in the system setup and you have an XP wSP2 installer.

If you DON'T see the SATA drive listed after you attach it you will need drivers on disk or USB or Cd or whatever to get it to work. (also thats a good point, with XP CD drivers may work with newer builds, just swap CDs). To access the additional drivers load, right at the beginning of the install you have to hit i think it's F8 "to load additional drivers". You have i think 10 seconds to do this. If you miss it, reset the computer and do over.

Also, a quick note about SATA plugs. There often isn't that firm mechanical "in" or "click" feeling when you plug the cable in, so don't keep pushing. Most I've handled feel somewhat loose in fact, not like IDE/SCSI cables that sometimes need a flipping ox to (un)plug. Also some mobos have a jumper to enable SATA and SATA RAID. Make sure it is set properly. On mine the jumper needs to be OFF to enable SATA, or on pins 2-3 and enable RAID access. By default it was on pins 1-2 and SATA was disabled. Took me about 20 minutes to figure that out since the manual had it in exactly one spot and it wasn't in the SATA setup instructions.
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