Question about sata drives...

By KillerXL5
Jan 16, 2008
  1. I've always stuck with IDE drives because theres no faffing about with drivers and such but im planning on buying a 500gb sata drive and i dont have a floppy drive (which ive heard you need for the drivers) Is there any way of avoiding the whole floppy drive situation as i threw mine away years ago!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Windows and your bios should see the drive
    Also a floppy is about $10 (including data cable)
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Also, don't be afraid to build yourself a windows disk with your SATA drivers included if needed. You can use a free tool like nlite to get that done easily.
  4. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    Most modern Boards don't need "F6" anymore, it's generally the older ones with Sis or Via chipsets.

    1 small trap to watch out for though... Older SATA1 controllers often have issues recognising SATA2 Hard Drives. Easy to fix though. If the BIOS doesn't recognise your new HDD, look on the manufacturers Website & there'll be a Jumper setting to drop the drive to SATA1 speeds.

    This wont occur if your motherboard is SATA2 compliant.
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