ACHI SATA question

By srock
Jul 2, 2007
  1. I am putting together my first machine: Asus P5B, 2 500 GB HD(both are SATA II), sapphire x1950xt, GSkill 800 (2GB), Corsair 520 PS

    It booted!!

    I now have to set up the bios and have some questions:

    I am going to install XP SP2, I have to set up the SATA drives do I enable ACHI or leave it as IDE (I don't want to do RAID). If I do enable ACHIwhy am I doing it? If I enable it and want to disable it later am I in trouble??

    In the old IDE world, the boot drive was identified and setup with the format command - with two SATA drives how do I identify which one is the boot drive and the how do I partition and format each drive?

    Any and all help appreciated

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Just enable the SATA controller in the bios. The SATA drive will be the boot drive in bios boot sequence automatically
  3. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

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