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Installing ide drivers before windows xp is installed

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June 17, 2009 12:20:48 AM

hard drive is wiped clean, trying to install ide drivers on a computer with no windows installation... any help? i dont know where to get the drivers and i don't know what to do with them when i get them! am i in trouble? help :( 
June 17, 2009 6:42:18 AM

Hi "rythmshifter", do you plan to install any OS on your computer? (You'll have to, to be able to use it anyway) IDE drivers are part of many OSes, even the non-Windows kind.

In short: install an OS, and the no IDE driver business should take care of itself nicely. :) 
a b G Storage
June 17, 2009 12:31:14 PM

IDE support is generally part of BIOS. Think about it. You are going to put a bootable CD into a SATA or IDE optical drive. And it just runs.
a c 342 G Storage
June 17, 2009 4:19:22 PM

There's no such thing as a IDE driver independent of an Operating system. All drivers have to be designed for a specific OS. Since IDE has become almost universal, virtually any OS you choose to install will also install its own IDE drivers, and that's your solution. In a few cases you may have an option AFTER installing the OS of installing different IDE drivers supplied by the mobo makers. Supposedly these may be better-optimized for the specific IDE controllers on your mobo, and they have to be the drivers designed to work with your actual OS you've installed. After all, drivers are the interface between the OS and the hardware and hence must be designed to meet both sets of requirements. But normally the basic drivers that come with your OS will work anyway.
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