Do you need to install sata during windows install? can i upgrade my pc with sata?

By gamingguy27
Jan 21, 2006
  1. Hello, I have a nForce 3 motherboard with built in SATA, i was wondering weather i could simply buy a SATA drive and install it within windows without having to start right from the begining with a fresh install.

    I currently have a 20gb and 80gb on IDE and was wondering if i could simply just add a SATA drive to my system as storage (not OS drive).


  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    On my motherboard Asus K8N-E Deluxe I could, it has 2 SATA on 1 controller and then 4 on another. If I put the drive on the controller with 2 SATA slots Windows will install without a problem, if I put it on the controller with 4, it won't, you need drivers.
  4. albatroz

    albatroz TS Rookie

    I read in a forum that it would be possible to have Windows
    XP working with SATA, disabling SATA features from the BIOS,
    installing Windows and finally installing SATA drivers, and
    resetting Windows.
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