Need help setting up SATA hard drive.

By vegasgmc
Jul 22, 2005
  1. Im finally putting the pieces together. This is my first experience with SATA. It will be my primary drive. Do I still have to do the F6 thing when installing XP Pro? The motherboard is an ASUS K8N and the hard drive is WD SE. Neither came with a floppy. Thanks
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    yes, there should be two versions of the SATA drivers, RAID and non RAID, found on the motherboard CD somewhere. Pick the appropriate one and put on a blank floppy (somewhere around 4-10 files, same as the ones for installing within windows). Maybe they've combined them into a single set by now, dunno.
  3. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    Try this LINK
    it's from k8n at asus , there is a beta ver there too. This should have all you need to install sata as primary drive.
    Just f6 at start of windows install and feed the floppy with drivers to it.
  4. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,377

    Got it. Thanks. I should have waited until tomorrow when Im rested and my head is clear. XP is installing fight now.
  5. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    NP :)

    Your gonna like sata as primary.
    Will you have an ide drive too?
    If so...My pagefile on the sata is set 2mb min/50mb max
    and 1 1/2 times {1.5g=2302mb} my ram on my D:\.
    Then I use Diskeeper executive to optimize the trial DL
    I've never had a more stable system....
    G'Luck and get some rest
  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,377

    I spoke too soon. The SATA drive keeps disappearing. Sometimes the computer boots right up and others I get a message saying "reboot and select proper boot device". I go into the BIOS and the drive isnt there. Then I reboot and there it is as the 3rd master and the the computer boots right up. Faulty drive?? or am I missing something? This is my first experience with SATA and I dont like it. There was a place on the drive that looks like jumpers go there. Do they? I upgraded to the latest BIOS and it still happens.
  7. SpirantTrain

    SpirantTrain TS Rookie

    I'm with this very same problem, anyone nows how to solve it?
  8. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    download a disk diagnostic utility from the manufacturer's website and run it on the HDD. That will tell you if its faulty or not.
  9. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Did you get this sorted out?
  10. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    :D hehe..

    Anyways.. matters at hand.. Possible outcomes would be:
    -faulty HDD/machanics/firmware/etc -> use a HDD diagnostic app.
    -dodgy data cable -> replace cable and try
    -power -> unplug some devices from the PSU/check power cable attatched properly
    -Bios problem/controller problem..

    FYI, sata hdds don't need the use of jumpers (as far as i know) since its autodetect and everything...
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