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    Hi,

    I'm building my own system for the first time and am having problems getting Win XP to recognise my Maxtor 10 SATA HDD. I've read somewhere about making a floppy driver disk, only problem is I don't have a floppy drive. (in this day and age I thought they were obsolete!) Does anyone know of a way to get the WIN XP install to recognise my SATA HDD? I don't have any drives in the Primary IDE channel.

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    Oh, and additionally, I've got a DVD-ROM and DVD+/-RW drives as well, can I run the drivers from the ASUS cd i got with the motherboard in one optical drive and the WinXP install in the other??

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    You should only need a floppy disk driver if you are installing Windows XP on a RAID array. This is where you have two or more hard disks that act as one logical drive.

    If you only have one SATA hard drive you shouldn't need one, although maybe there is some odd ball motherboard out there with some obscure SATA controller which needs a driver before Windows can access it, but I haven't come accross one yet.

    First thing to do would be to check the BIOS of the motherboard to see that:-

    1) The SATA hard drive is detected correctly in BIOS
    2) BIOS is set to use SATA disks as basic drives and not part of a RAID array
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    My Motherboard needs a driver for my sata drive and i have disconect my IDE drive before i load windows because windows likes to install on my IDE Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger
    Oh, and additionally, I've got a DVD-ROM and DVD+/-RW drives as well, can I run the drivers from the ASUS cd i got with the motherboard in one optical drive and the WinXP install in the other??
    No but you can make an install CD with the drivers "slipstreamed" into it.
    http://unattended.msfn.org/intermedi...ivers/raid.htm

    (icq3800846, on that chipset he needs to load SATA drivers irrespective of single disk or RAID)

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