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    Is installing a SATA drive any different from installing an IDE drive?

    Recently got a new sata drive to use for storing video files on from my pvr. I have yet to install it and just wondered is it as easy to connect it as you would an ide drive or is there something else you have to do?
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    I've exactly the same motherboard, and setting up a SATA drive isn't quite the same as an IDE. When using IDE you would expect to plug it in and windows automatically recognise it..... not quite with SATA on this board.

    Before installing the drive I installed the VIA Raid driver from the asus cd the rebooted the machine. Then plugged in the drive into the first sata controller on the via chip (SATA1), and booted the machine, at the bios (very last part of POST) stage the hard disk should come up, you shouldn't need to mess with any settings.

    Once in windows (works for XP, not sure about other OS's), right click on my computer and go down to 'Manage'. Then to the disk management part of the manager. There you should see the drive set as unformatted, right click on the central portion of the drive (white part) and you should get a format.... option, click this and follow the prompts for NTFS, it formatted mine in a matter of seconds, then the drive should be available for normal use!
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    It's actually easier as there aren't any jumper worries on Sata drives, just plug your sata cable to your MB and the other end to the drive, connect the power, boot your machine and it should be detected, you may or may not have to install the sata drivers from your floppy you got with the MB

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    You don't have to install the driver at installation unless you are running a RAID array. If your BIOS settings are correct and you plug into the right connector your system will recognise the SATA drive just as automatically as an IDE.

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    Ahh cool, my reason for saying is that on my (old) NF-7S you have to install the silicon 3112r driver during XP install if your going to use the sata channels as boot and you still have install the driver in windows even to use them as secondarys later on, though on the Sli machine i've got upstairs there isn't a need to

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