Installing new sata hard drive

  [DELETED] 15:47 14 Jan 2006

I have been asked by a friend to visit him tomorrow to help install a new hard drive as his old one has failed and the system will not boot. He runs XP SP2 and the new drive which he has bought is exactly the same as the old one—Maxtor diamond 150 sata.
I had to download the Maxtor maxblaster 4 bootable iso driver and have created a cd disk in Nero.
I have tested the cd here on my pc and it boots into dos and stops at an A\ prompt. To get the installation programme running I am not sure what comes next? Also as the machine is quite new I am hoping as the old drive was sata ,the bios will recognise it .
Help would be appreciated.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:55 14 Jan 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. 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.

  [DELETED] 17:01 14 Jan 2006

I have Maxblast 4,its nowhere near as reliable as version 3.I would create a Maxblast floppy from the CD,as with mine the CD keeps dropping to A:\ and going no further.

  [DELETED] 17:18 14 Jan 2006

The problem is that he does not have a floppy drive. That is why I have created a bootable iso cd. Where I am stuck is what to imput at the "A:\" prompt.

  [DELETED] 17:24 14 Jan 2006

What I find mystifying is why in this day and age you still need a floppy disc to install a SATA hard drive!!

Where is the weak link - is it the motherboard or WIN XP that prevents a straight install by CD. And I look forward to seeing if there is an answer to installing SATA without a floppy?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:54 14 Jan 2006

If the sata drivers are built into the BIOS (some are) then all you nee to do is boot from XP CD and windows should detect the drive during setup and give you the option to format and install.

  [DELETED] 18:02 14 Jan 2006

I have created 5 different cd's this afternoon hoping one would wizz through the installation without all this messing about.Probably it's me but I am finding it difficult to comprehend. What do I imput at the A:\ prompt? any advice?

  [DELETED] 18:21 14 Jan 2006

I think that's what I will try tomorrow .As the pc is relatively new it must be worth a shot. Will let you know Monday how it went.

regards S

  [DELETED] 20:08 14 Jan 2006

Best of luck IPA but suspect you’ll need a floppy to insert the Sata driver.

A search around tells me that currently Windows does not directly support SATA drivers; special drivers are required.

BIOS = Motherboard. Fruit Bat /\0/\ said, “If the sata drivers are built into the BIOS (some are) then all you nee to do is boot from XP CD and windows should detect the drive during setup and give you the option to format and install.”

I need to upgrade, can you or anyone else please, point me to a motherboard that includes Serial Ata drivers where you don’t need a floppy discs but you can boot straight from Win XP CD?

  [DELETED] 16:47 16 Jan 2006

No luck I'm afraid ! Tried everything ,so my friend is going to send the pc back to the manufacturer as it is still under warranty.

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