Partition new SATA Hard Drive

  Desert Andy 11:54 03 Nov 2005

I have Windows XP SP2 and have just bought a new SATA Hard Drive. How do I partition and format the drive so that I can do a fresh windows install on this new drive.

Thanks for the help

  SANTOS7 12:02 03 Nov 2005

Partitioning and formatting for the Installation of Windows 2000/XP

Installing Windows 2000/XP on a new SATA drive

Some motherboards that support SATA hard drives implemented the feature by adding a separate SATA controller. This let manufacturers include the feature on motherboards whose chipsets did not natively support SATA. If your motherboard brings up a second screen during the POST process which identifies the Serial ATA hard drives, it is generally because this feature is supported by a dedicated chipset.

Because of this, when installing Windows 2000/XP for the first time onto a SATA drive supported by a dedicated chipset, you will need to inform the installation process that your Serial ATA drives are on a separate controller. This is done by providing the software drivers for the controller to the install process (hit F6, and insert a floppy disk with the SATA controller drivers) at the beginning of the process. If you do not do this, the install process may stop, informing you that it cannot find any hard drives .

If this happens to you, follow the steps below:

Begin the Windows 2000/XP installation process by powering on your system, inserting the operating system CD and pressing any key to boot from the CD when prompted.

As soon as the Windows 2000/XP installation process starts (blue screen), there will be a small prompt at the bottom of the screen which says 'Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.' Hit F6 right away, preferably more than once.

The installation process will continue, and eventually you will be prompted for those additional drivers. Insert your SATA driver floppy disk (which will have come with your motherboard) into the FDD drive, then hit 'S' to specify additional devices. The installation process will search for the driver files on the disk and display a list. Select the correct device then hit ENTER to continue the installation as normal. The drive will be partitioned and formatted as part of the install process. You can now install Windows as normal.

If Serial ATA drive support is native to the motherboard chipset, you do not need to provide drivers during the installation procedure. Any recent Intel and AMD chipset will support SATA fully.
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  PaulB2005 12:29 03 Nov 2005

Some SATA drives don't need these extras drivers. I think it depends on the motherboard. My ASUS A8N-SLi didn't need the extra drivers, i just put it together, inserted the XP disk and used the XP disk to do the partitioning.

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