fitting sata drive

  Ticketyboo 08:09 29 Dec 2006

I have finally bought myself a new sata hard drive and I thought I would get some advice before I started, I have a caddy that I can put the old ide drive into and I was going to use it as an external back up after I had taken it out of the case and transfered the bits I wanted to keep. I tried a search but it seems there is a problem at the moment so if anybody can point me in the right direction for some info I would be most grateful.
Many thanks, Terry.

  Pamy 10:27 29 Dec 2006

Just a thought, your motherboard will take a S ATA HDD wont it? ie it has SATA connections?

  Ticketyboo 11:05 29 Dec 2006

Yes the mobo is a WinFast K8S 755A

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:34 29 Dec 2006

What exactly do ou want to do?

1. connect sata drive

2. transfer system from ide to sata

3. fit ide into external case

confirm Y/N

  Ticketyboo 12:35 29 Dec 2006

Yes thats the idea but I was wondering if it is worth a clean install as l am spending some time upping the old girl so to speak.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:30 29 Dec 2006

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 *(may be built into BIOS on the motherboard). 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.
*(Try without loading any drivers first and see if your board recognises the drive)

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.

  ed-0 13:45 29 Dec 2006

Make sure that you use a SATA150 hard drive. Your motherboard just supports these and not the latest SATA 11 ( 300 ).

Have you checked for compatability with your motherboard?

If you have bought a SATA11 by mistake, it will not register in the bios. Some SATA11 hard drives have jumper settings to reduce the speed of the drive to the slower 150 standard. Unfortunately not all SATA11 hard drives have the facility to drop down to SATA150.

  Ticketyboo 13:48 29 Dec 2006

Many thanks, I will let you know how things progress.

  Ticketyboo 06:58 30 Dec 2006

How do I know if it is SATA150 or SATA11 I found this page but cant seem to find the info, but I printed of the instructions for fitting it so that should help. click here

  Ticketyboo 10:12 30 Dec 2006

Well it all went well and is now running again, still got to load all the stuff from the old drive that I want to keep and then we will be sorted.
Many thanks to all for their help and advice.

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