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SATA drive with MSI p965 Platinum - floppy required?

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April 26, 2007 11:39:16 PM

I've just read this post: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Sata-floopy-ftopict233282.html from a week ago, where it said that it depends on the MB if you need a floppy disk to install a SATA drive.

Can anybody tell me if I will need a floppy to install SATA with MSI p965 Platinum?

(Stupid additional question: If the answer is yes, can it be an external floppy drive?)

Thanks.
April 27, 2007 4:16:25 PM

With the drivers comes a RAID driver that you install prior to installing windows and his question was if he needed to install the RAID driver if he is not using RAID. So, no you will not need a floppy unless you will be installing windows on a RAID array.
April 27, 2007 5:56:57 PM

according to the MSI P965 Platinum specs, you have 2 onboard SATAII controller
Quote:
"Serial ATAII controller integrated in ICH8R and JMicron JMB361
• Up to 300MB/s transfer speed
• Can connect up to 7 Serial ATA II drives (6 drives from ICH8R, 1 drive from JMB361)
• Supports ACHI controller with SATAII RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 (ICH8R)
• Supports SATAII hot plug "


so you could just connect your sata hdd to the ICH8R (the purple one) sata port, then activate the JMB361 AHCI or RAID drive from your bios then install your driver in your os. after that shutdown your pc, switch your hdd to JMB361 Port (the blue one, only one below the orange pci slot), start your pc, activate the bios option for the ICH8R ACHI or RAID drive, save your settings then you can install the driver for your ICH8R port.
by the way if you only have one hdd, just use AHCI, if u have more, then it's up to you to use RAID or AHCI.
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April 27, 2007 8:24:18 PM

If your not using raid then just leave it connected to the ICH8.
April 28, 2007 12:14:23 AM

Thanks for your replies.
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