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    Turn Off SATA Driver (XP Home SP-2)

    HI Everyone,
    I'm a bit embarassed asking this question, but if I don't who knows when, or if, I'll get it figured out!

    Quick background: I built a PC for my daughter-in-law. It originally had a SATA drive that failed. I replaced her drive with a standard IDE (which I should have used in the first place!), reinstalled windows and her apps and all is cool. I was able to extract some personal files for her from the old SATA drive after the new install of XP. In order to do this I had to install the SATA driver. Once complete, I uninstalled the SATA driver from the Device Manager. However, now, whenever the PC boots, it wants to reinstall the driver.

    I have deleted the driver (after uninstalling it), searched the registry and the HDD for instances of the driver. Sure enough there is one instance in the Registry that I cannot delete even in Safe Mode. Somewhere WinXP still has the reference for this thing and I can't find it.

    Just wondering if anyone has a suggestion as to how to stop the install message for the SATA Raid Controller. It will driver my daughter-in-law nuts.

    Thanks a lot for any assistance.

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    Re: Turn Off SATA Driver (XP Home SP-2)

    My first reaction to this would be to check the BIOS for reference to SATA drives and disable them there.
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    Re: Turn Off SATA Driver (XP Home SP-2)

    HI Bob,

    Thank you for your response to my question. A perfectly logical suggestion. I did look carefully through the BIOS and found nothing for the Raid Controller. I think I may have put the issue to rest by just letting the Raid Controller have all of its driver files. Now it's at least isn't looking for them.

    Sometimes these little things can become quite irksome. I often find that I can't remember how to do the simplest things!!

    Have a great holiday season!

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    Re: Turn Off SATA Driver (XP Home SP-2)

    Bob

    You don't actually say you physically removed the SATA disk controller card from your PC. But you must have done?

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    Re: Turn Off SATA Driver (XP Home SP-2)

    Hi John,
    Actually, this is an ASUS P4G8X MB that has on-board SATA. Surprisingly, for me at least, there is nothing in the BIOS about it, but the CD has the various drivers necessary to use the SATA. I was not wise to use a SATA drive on a PC that I don't have actual control of, except when it augers in! My son, his wife (who I built the PC for) and their family live about 150 miles from here.

    At any rate, I wish it were as simple as just turning of a switch in the BIOS. At least now the darned thing isn't complaining everytime it boots.

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    Re: Turn Off SATA Driver (XP Home SP-2)

    Why not just let it install the SATA driver? Would it do any harm?

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    Re: Turn Off SATA Driver (XP Home SP-2)

    Hi Stuart,
    Yes, that's exactly what I ended up doing. For reasons that are based on nothing logical, I guess, I would prefer not have have drivers loaded that aren't doing anything. But, in this case I can't foresee any real problem doing exactly as you suggest, and that is now how it is.

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my question.

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