SATA HDD problem

By Artie_ ยท 5 replies
Nov 23, 2005
  1. Hi, it will probably be a dummy question, but gotta ask it anyway.
    Can I have only one SATA HDD installed?
    The problem is that using ASRock P4VT8+ when I hook up SATA drive and want to install Windows XP , Windows installation process says there is no hard drive?

    Thank you for your answers !

  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Enabling SATA in bios

    Yes it is possible to have just the one. It needs SATA enabled in the bios and you will probably need to install a raid driver. This needs to be put on a floppy and press F6 near the beginning of install when asked for 3rd party drivers.
  3. Artie_

    Artie_ TS Rookie Topic Starter

    But the problem is that there are no accurate settings in the BIOS concerning SATA enable/disable. I thought about that.
    And as far as RAID; do I need that if I do not want to install second HDD to set up RAID ?

    Thank you

  4. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    You need to install the raid drivers as they are the controller that the disk connects to. Fill in you machine profile and then we won't have to guess what you're using.
  5. Artie_

    Artie_ TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for all your answers. It's working now.
    What I did is I downloaded SATA drivers from manufacturers web site and installing Windows XP I pointed out to the floppy and drivers and---- it's alive ! :)

    Thank you for the tip.

    I just thought that since I'm not going to use RAID setup I don't need it. But it helped !

    Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving !!

    Thank you once again

  6. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Thanksgiving is for you and I hope you enjoy it. Means nothing over here.
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