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I have a Dell Dimension 9150 desktop (Service Tag J9BPX1J) with a 160 GB Serial Hard Drive in it (Western Digital WD1600JS-75NCB1).
I'm trying to format the hard drive to install XP Prof onto it but after the intial setup I get the "Blue Screen of Death". I guessing this is because after a screen asking me to press F6 to install third party drivers, I didn't do this.
My question is, where can I get these drivers from in order to install the SATA hard drive? I've looked at the Dell website but can't see it. Can anyone help please?
SATA controller driver
Your Motherboard or SATA controller card requires a driver to work properly. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you will have to make one. The SATA drivers can be located on the installation CD that came with your Motherboard or preferably, download the latest SATA controller drivers from the manufacturers site. Once you have located the drivers copy them to a formatted floppy disk. Make sure they are in the root directory i.e. not contained within any folders.
When you turn on the PC hit the Delete key when prompted and you will enter the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Here you set the first boot device to be the CDROM drive, the option is usually found under the Advanced Options section but this depends on your BIOS and you may have to look around for it. Once you have done this save and exit.
Installing the SATA controller driver
Once you have set the PC to boot from the CD make sure the XP CD is in the CD drive and start the installation as per usual. Within the first minute or so of the installation Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install RAID or SCSI drivers, do this. Windows will continue to install then ask you to locate the driver. now with the floppy disk created earlier in drive A: select the driver and hit Enter.
With the SATA drivers installed you can now continue the Windows installation as usual.
BIOS settings revisited
Once Windows has finished installing you will need to make sure the PC is set to boot from the SATA drive. To do this make the first boot device SATA if the option is available. If not you have two options: HD0 - If there are no IDE HDs present, or SCSI if you do plan on running an IDE HD as a secondary device.
I believe this is the file you need.
Thank you for that. I've had a look and I see something for a Maxtor 6V160E0 hard drive listed there.
Will that work?
i also find it strange that this Dell Dimension does not come with a floppy drive yet this utility asks that it be put on a floppy.
Thank you for that link, Mr Mistoffelees.
I'll try it. Guess I'll have to install a floppy drive first.
And thank you for the detailed instructions, Fruit Bat.
Instead of using a floppy, can I use a USB stick or CD drive, or does it always default to the floppy and give no other choice?
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