SATA HD with IDE drivers?

By rgreen
Jun 8, 2007
  1. I recently built a PC and didn't order a floppy drive so I couldn't install SATA drivers when installing XP. Everything works fine I was just wondering if anything bad can happen? Am I confined to IDE speeds etc..?
  2. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 89

    should be fine unless the hard drive has a jumper that needs to be removed to run at 3gb/sec (sata 2)
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    How'd you get it installed to the SATA drive then? Some setups (the only 2 motherboards I've used with sata did) where the SATA doesn't need special drivers for a reason I can't explain properly right now. So basically if you got Windows installed to the drive you don't need to worry about it.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Some SATA controllers are able to emulate an IDE controller (it's a BIOS setting). As for the speeds, only benchmarking would tell..

    People report that some OS/hardware/driver combinations even run significantly faster in ATA emulation mode than native SATA.
  5. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    i dont know wat the configuration of your computer is... but your mother board must have sata compatible ports... no other way.
    SATA ports are 3/4th an inch of size and simply named as sata 1 sata 2 etc... it's on the mother board.
    and wat relation is there between a floppy drive and a SATA HDD?
    and how come anyone has to install SATA HDD's?
    WAIT! are we speaking about a SATA HDD? i havent heard of SATA drivers.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    please DO NOT piggy back questions. Start a new thread. Please read the rules.
  7. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    u just said how little u know so read and then answere.
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