Greets to all!
I have a problem as above mentioned - installing Windows (any XP, 7, 8...) on a SATA HDD. So, for about 2 years now, I run my Win7 from a P-ATA 80 Gb drive.
My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H, and a version 1.4 at that which does not have a BIOS upgrade.There's just one and that's the whole pancake.
The only thing I could do, but cannot ('cuz I threw old Floppy Disk Drives away long time ago and no chance in Hell am to buy another one) - to do as they (Gigabyte support) say:
download drivers AHCI mode and RAID mode and then:
"(Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows* setup to read from floppy)"
Although you can choose a folder/file before the drivers install from a DVD-ROM or other HDD's, even USB HDD's.
So, it finds the files but nothing happens, cannot continue to install.
I can actually see the drivers I need, in the Windows Install Setup and whichever I choose - not working... These drivers are actually the same ones you can
install afterwards when updating chipset, usb, firewire... This thing with the floppy is killing me.
Of course, I contacted Gigabyte about this and someone from their support-fiasco team sent me a "BIOS upgrade just for me". Woohoo, now that was a blast. Never
tried it though, and as tinkering with BIOS goes nowadays, I'm on a zero budget to buy another motherboard if this just-for-me BIOS upgrade messes everything up.
Things I tried:
- putting the SATA drive mode from RAID and/or AHCI to normal IDE mode, back and forth = no deal
- having only one SATA drive connected and DVD drive, where the DVD has also SATA interface = no deal
- reseting to optimal BIOS config = no deal
in Windows Install:
- being it from a USB stick or a DVD, the SATA HDD install option is not possible BUT I can browse through all the other internal or external devices for the needed software - INCLUDING the drive
it doesn't want to install to.
Point is, I was going to get an SSD drive which now makes no sense when I can't install on a mere SATA drive.
P.S. Interesting enough, any Linux distro, from Debian, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Fedora, Commodore, Arch distro what-have-you: no hassle at all. I have 4 SATA HDD's all different species and sizes (did I mention the 80GB P-ATA drive?) and I could and when I was dual-booting, had Ubuntu Studio on.
Thanks in advance.