2 SATA as master/slave not RAID

By Perfesser
Jan 8, 2006
  1. I'm posting this before I go ahead and try it so I'm not begging for emergency help later.
    There seems to be a wealth of experts trolling here.

    I have an Athalon 64 on an Asus K8V se mobo. Currently using a single WD Raptor SATA 10K rpm 74G that has some "issues" (corrupted directx in OS).

    I bought a second Raptor at 36G and want to install that as the primary HD with the OS and a few select apps (games Teamspeak, little else).

    As I understand it, SATA does not use the usual primary/slave setup.

    What exactly are the steps I should go through to install the HD as the primary(?) and then install the OS (WinXP).
    Thanks in advance
  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    i dont quite get the question

    when your in xp setup, look for the drive and select the drive you want to put xp on
  3. Perfesser

    Perfesser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What I'm looking for is
    1. put in the hd and hook it up
    2. boot up and go to bios
    3. select boot sequence
    4 insert winxp cd

    On my K8V SE deluxe there are 4 SATA connectors,
    SATA 1 and 2,
    SATA primary and sec.

    The single HD is now connected to SATA 1 (not my doing, I didn't build this)
    So the config I'm looking for should go to SATA primary and sec?
    Boot sequence (floppy, CD, new hd, old hd) selected in the bios?
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    connect your new sata drive to the Sata 1 port and reconnect the original drive to Sata 2. ( it might be easier to just leave the second hard drive disconnected while you format and install windows on the new drive.)
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