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    SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    I'm getting set to replace my motherboard. The new MB has lots of SATA ports. In the past when we installed SATA drives we had to install a driver when installing WinXP. I'm wondering if the SP2 has a native support for SATA. I've looked on Microsoft's site and so far have not found a definitive answer. Come to think of it, since my XP Pro disk is about 2 or 3 years old, I guess I'd have to install the driver, otherwise I'd never get to the point of downloading the fixes or SPs...

    Also, has anyone had experience with SATA 3.0. I see lots of drives with that spec.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    Bob,

    For what it is worth, every time I have installed XP Pro with SATA drives, I had to install an updated driver. The one with XP Pro was good enough to get me started, but I ended up upgrading the drivers.

    Only in one case did the drive not work at all (I un-plugged that drive, used the other drive to install everything, perform updates, then re-plugged the drive back in the system and it worked).

    One Note: on a system where I had a SATA and internal IDE drive, I used only installed the SATA drive first. Got everything installed and working using the SATA drive, then installed the IDE drive. When I put both drives in the system initially, there appeared to be a slight conflict with BIOS and XP Pro on who was the BOSS.

    I have also noted that an initial install goes much smother if the SATA drive has been initially formatted at some point. If the hard drive is new and unformatted, XP Pro will install, but drivers become much more critical.

    Good Luck !!
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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    I guess I can't give you a definitive answer either, Bob, except for this. My new Dell came with an 80 gig SATA drive and it has Win XP Media Center Edition (MCE) loaded on it. I just checked Device Manager for the drivers description for the SATA drive and the primary controller and both are listed as Microsoft SP2 drivers. I would think that SP2 does have built-in SATA support, but I'm admittedely not sure of that. One thing I would do if you haven't already is to slipstream your original XP CD with SP2 so you can install without making two passes at it. I'd bet you'll find out real quickly if you install a MB and an SATA drive and then boot with an XP disk, whether it immediately recognizes the hard drive. I guess it would help if you check the drive manufacturer's site to see if any XP2 drivers are necessary.

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    Thanks, Scott. I really appreciate your thoughts. I suppose when VISTA is finally out and debugged (?) that SATA will be more of a standard thing. The new MB I'm looking at has only one IDE port which is really intended for optical drives. The intent of the manufacturer (ASUS) is to use SATA.

    I will be nice when there less "black magic" about these drives! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    Bob,

    Just a thought - check out DFI MB's. I build, fix, DESTROY <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> (read field strip) computers on the side. I use a lot of ASUS And DFI MB's. The DFI seems to be fairly stable.

    Agree on the "black magic". With new manufactures making the SATA drives, the price will come down as well.

    As for Vista, I am not getting a warm fuzzy. I always said XP is what ME/WINNT SHOULD have been. I have a local computer shop owner friend who is upset with MS and their market strategy - saying to get a decent discount, he will have to carry all SEVEN versions of the OS. Final verdict is out until end of the year for him.
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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    I just installed Windows XP SP2 on a new system that used SATA drives with an ASUS A8N-E motherboard, no additional drivers were needed and it seems stable.

    StuartR

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    Good idea, Al. I've never done a slipstream, but I should be able to find a reference as to how to do it. It would make sense that a later iteration of XP should support SATA drives since they are rapidly becoming "The Thing".

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    I acquired the Vista Beta 2 just to mess around. I put it on a 3 year old Dell laptop that I'm no longer using. One thing I've seen is that it is a HUGE memory hog. Granted, it's a work in progress. Also, the Microsoft effort to make it more 'intuitive' isn't very intuitive for me... I guess I'm getting older, stogier and set in my ways! I rather suspect there will be a lot of changes before Vista heads for the shelves.

    Yes, and SEVEN versions. It'll take me awhile just to decide which on I 'might' buy!

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    I did use a slipstreamed CD to install Windows XP SP2 on a SATA drive. The easiest way to create a slipstream CD is using AutoStreamer.

    StuartR

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    Yes, there must be drivers in SP2. That means, with an older version of XP, one would be much better off to slipstream.

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    Re: SATA Drivers (WinXP Pro SP2)

    Stuart, that program, AutoStreamer is SLICK!!!
    I downloaded AutoStreamer and tried it; it worked like a champ! When your message came in I was reading Paul Thurrott's article on SlipStreaming and had already started looking for my old copy of Nero 6.

    Thank you very much. That is a GREAT little program that does exactly what it says, and does it well!

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