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Windows Setup + Sata Drives


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#1 locally pwned

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 03:12 AM

Any thoughts as to why Windows Setup does not detect a SATA drive, when BIOS does? Windows itself does recognize the drive when the OS is installed on another (IDE) drive and the machine is booted up.

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 03:38 AM

Drivers. The BIOS can detect that it's there, but doesn't need to write to it. Windows needs drivers to access a SATA drive, you can install third party drivers during the install process by pressing F6 when prompted.

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 06:10 AM

I thought you only needed a 3rd party driver for RAID or SCSI. But then, so far, I've always had my OS on an IDE HD.
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 07:43 AM

I think you're right..

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 10:50 AM

Windows XP doesn't have any built in SATA drivers and so does not know how to communicate with the SATA drive. Windows needs drivers for transparent communication with any hardware. The BIOS doesn't use any drivers at all, it only provides a interface for communicating with the firmware, and since every motherboard has an unique BIOS the motherboard makers don't have to worry about transparent communication. Without drivers there would need to be a different version of windows for every hardware combination out there. So Amazing Andrew was correct in his first response.
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 05:03 PM

The trick is, when asked for the RAID/SCSI drivers during the installation of XP - you've gotta insert the SATA driver disk then.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 06:48 PM

Hi there,
I was thinking about starting a new thread for my problem, but this one is very close. I have a Dell dimension 8300 and about month or so ago, when it boots up, i get a message about sata drive not detected.I have to press F1 to go past it. It never did this before and i have made no chages to the system at all. Am i missing a driver? I don't even know what a sata drive is, and i don't know if i have one!!LOL . can i download it from dell website??

Thanks for any advice!!

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