I'm about to install my new 150GB Raptor but as I understand you have to install the SATA drivers from floppy when installing windows. Thing is when I go to the MSI website the only mention of SATA drivers is 'ATI SATA RAID Driver for floppy install' :
Yeah, thats it. In your case you have to go through the RAID controller, even though you're not going to use RAID. That's because the SATA ports are just part of the controller.
They don't necessarily come w/ a floppy disk. I've seen it where they don't.
As for the Windows install, you might have to wrangle around in dos a bit to get the file structure correct. Hopefully you have another computer to do that with.
But I think I created that issue myself because I didn't preserve the folder structure. Make sure you preserve the folder structure when you unzip it (don't just drag and drop them out, go to Extract and preserve the folder structure).
I think a file in there tells it where to look for the drivers, so preserving the folder structure makes sure that it'll look in the right place.
If you disable RAID or set the controller to IDE or SATA, maybe you won't need a floppy at all!! Not every chipset needs drivers for windows to use the disk. ULI, nvidia, some VIA, and I think ATI too won't need drivers, as the disk controller is integrated into chipset AND controller by normal BIOS command, just like older PATA controller.
Well, yes. That's how I did it many time on nvidia, VIA and ULI chipset.
When sata first show up, chipset were not ready for it, so third party controller were needed. And third party drivers too. Now that SATA is current, modern chipset can deal with it just like any other controller
Ah, I see, thanks. My mobo manual doesn't give any sepcial mention to having to install sata drivers, but under 'specifications' it does say 'Supports dual channel native SATA controller up to 150MB/s with RAID 0 or 1' and 'Supports boot from LAN, USB Device 1.1 & 2.0 and SATA HDD':
Ah, I see, thanks. My mobo manual doesn't give any sepcial mention to having to install sata drivers, but under 'specifications' it does say 'Supports dual channel native SATA controller up to 150MB/s with RAID 0 or 1' :
Is there a utility available for benching hard disk performance? I've got my old 20GB HDD running as my F: drive and would just like to make sure the Raptor's running like it should, and how it is in comparison to the 20GB.