Now the question I have is this: Will I be able to install the HDD even without the cd? I know I need to get the sata cables, but can it be run without the cd?
This question is probaly dumb to you all, but I am a newbie at building pcs, I have upgrade the ram, gpu, and some other stuff though.
Outstanding choice for the HD. I've got four. All in a raid.
What CD are you refering to? If this is a new build you just hook up the HD via SATA cable to you MB, set bios to recognized the drive as SATA and load up your OS. Or am I missing some details you forgot to mention?
October 18, 2006 1:46:36 AM
Yes, the cd that comes with the RETAIL version at the site.
If that is not an installation cd, then I guess what you told me is what I needed to know. Just hook it up, and set it up in bios, am i correct?
Of course you will need to download any drivers that were on the CD from the Asus website. In these situations, I find it useful to first download the manual for the MB from the manufacturer's website and read through it to minimize unpleasant surprises.
You may also have to download drivers for the SATA/RAID controller onto a floppy disk to allow WinXP to install them during the install process (when it asks you to press F6 if you have drivers to install).
October 18, 2006 11:45:20 AM
Asus, you mean the MOBO right? I wont be using raid, so will I still have to install drivers?
The OS will come on a CD. You will need to install the HDD and a CD/DVD drive. When you boot for the first time, put the OS disk in the CD drive. The system will boot from the installation CD and begin the OS install automatically.
If you plan to use RAID you will likely need to install drivers for the RAID controller. Win2K prompts to push F6, I don't know about XP.