Installing Windows XP Home onto a SATA II disk

  Diodorus Siculus 18:14 24 Jul 06

I've ordered a new PD from Novatech from a friend: click here

Anyway, it has:

"500GB(2 x 250GB) Serial ATA II Hard drive with 16MB Buffer" (see click here )

and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how to install XP Home onto a SATA II drive please.

I understand that SATA drivers are not in XP so a different procedure is necessary. Any thoughts very welcome, thanks, Dio.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:18 24 Jul 06

Installing XP on SATA drive
Once you have the drive(s) connected you are ready to start installing XP.
Master and Slave
Remember since it's serial you can only have one device per SATA port/cable so SATA drives don't have jumpers. On the Motherboard SATA1 Port is for the primary device, SATA2 port is for the secondary device etc.

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.

BIOS settings
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.

  Diodorus Siculus 18:32 24 Jul 06

That's pretty comprehensive.

I'll hopefully give it a go tomorrow morning - due for delivery before midday and I have to say Novatech have always done this for me when asked.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:38 24 Jul 06

If SATA driver built into BIOS then no need to install as long as XP sees the disk when you boot from CD Its the same as a standard XP install onto a IDE drive.

  Diodorus Siculus 19:27 24 Jul 06

OK - I'll see whzt happens when I boot with the XP disk.

  Diodorus Siculus 14:41 25 Jul 06

Connected everything up, booted with the XP CD and off it went. Smooth as you could ask for :-)

Nice machine too...

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