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    SATA advice

    Hi,
    Just got myself a new computer and thought I'd take advantage of the SATA drive connectors, so I've bought myself one of these as well.
    I have some questions though.
    1) I've created the SATA floppy as instructed by my MOBO manual, but how do I go about formatting the SATA drive into partitions before I install the O/S? Basically I don't know how to get it up and running so a step by step reply would be handy.
    2) I also have an older hard drive (IDE connection) that needs reformatting as its really clogged up. However before this I need to get some photo files from it and transfer these to the SATA drive. Is this possible? And if so how?
    3) What is RAID 1 and RAID 2, should I worry about installing it?

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    Re: SATA advice

    I'm a little puzzled as to why you would treat a SATA hard drive in any way different from its precessor ATA drive (now apparently called PATA). There is support in XP for both devices, as far as I am aware, and the only reason I can see for you requiring a diskette with drivers on to be loaded by Windows XP Setup is if you have installed a RAID controller card (like from Promise). Otherwise a hard disk is a hard disk, and you can do the usual disky things with either type, interchangeably.

    Rather than made a stab at an explanation of RAID levels, can I point you at this tutorial? I suspect that the only RAID levels you are likely to encounter on an ordinary PC are RAID-0 (called "striping", for performance) and RAID-1 (called "mirroring", for security). RAID-5 is possible, but you need three disks at least, and this is more likely to be found in a server.

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    Re: SATA advice

    Hi,
    Thanks for that.
    I literally know nothing about SATA drivers apart from their seek time is alot faster than my old hard drive but if I can set it up the same as my old IDE drive then this is fine. I just thought that if the option was there on my mobo to have a faster drive I should take it up.

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