Sata Solid State Disc IN XP

Can anyone help here regards Sata setup for solid state 128 gig disk

Hi Folks,

I wonder if anyone can help ?

My board is an ASUS M2N-SLI

My SSD is an Corsair 128 Gig

What I have done so far, connected SSD and bios can see it as

attached to Sata 1 .

When I boot into Windows the Sata 1 SSD cannot be seen !!

It is not showing in disc management , I go through Windows XP install routine to put OS on SSD I press F6 to get

Windows to install the Sata drivers at its later request from floppy and this is executed then I receive the " no drive

found " !!!

Can anyone help to solve this problem ?

Many thanks Mack........
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  1. disconnect all hdd's except the ssd you want windows on. then as long as it shows in bios you should be able to install the os to it. do not press F6 you do not need sata drivers, the drivers are for RAID ONLY.

    you should really consider switching to win7 when using a ssd
  2. Hi 505090,

    Yes thanks I have read that about XP and SSD's, I think I will have to go down that track with Windows 7.

    I have tried what you suggest with disconnecting all other drives and still was not
    recognised by XP, saying that I did load the drivers, I shall now try without them
    and give it another go.

    Many thanks for the info regards Mack......
  3. good luck
  4. go into your bios and set sata mode to compatible or IDE. Just make sure your trim utility work outside of AHCI mode. also you could try something like g-parted to format the drive first.
  5. good point on setting the sata port to ide or legacy mode

    but unless i missed something xp does not support trim, trim was first released in win7
  6. Hi 505090, PsyKhiqzero,

    Many thanks for your input, I have tried to setup XP to the SSD with all other drives disconnected , alas all it does is hang and thats it !!

    If you can suggest any other info it would be greatly appreciated

    Many thanks Mack.....
  7. where exactly is it hanging at

    did you ensure the drive was set to legacy mode in the bios
  8. Hi 505090,
    I am at a loss where in the bios Sata can be set to legacy mode ? I have
    inspected my Phoenix Award Bios and all I can do is :- "Main" list of drives connected
    I choose Sata 1 and highlight in to sub menu this gives me "Extended IDE Drive"
    which is set to Auto and below is "Access Mode" which is set to Auto.
    When I choose next menu Sata raid is available which is set to inactive.

    After POST the light comes on in CD Drive where XP setup disc resides then hangs.

    Thats it cannot go any further.

    Best regards Mack.....
  9. read our owners manual carefully the bios section won't be more than a dozen pages
  10. Best answer
    just to 505090. yes trim is not supported in windows xp. However since the OS is still so popular many SSD have a utility you can install and run every once in awhile that does TRIM. In windows 7 the trim command in done automatically w/o user intervention provided the SSD supports it.
  11. PsyKhiqZero
    thank you, was not aware ssd's were shipping with that utility

    question though
    I thought with win7 trim was supported on all ssds, references?
  12. Hi 505090, PsyKhiqzero,

    Many thanks for your info, at last the drive is recognised in XP setup!!, it was simple in the end I assumed all 4 Sata drives would report the same conclution ,that is not the case merely moving it to Sata 4 from Sata 1 solved the problem !!

    I did go through my owners manual with a fine tooth comb regards Sata and no mention of legacy mode at all, so resolved.

    Many thanks both for your input best regards Mack......
  13. well not all drives supported the actual trim command. All newer drives I know of = do though. I'm pretty sure the first and second gen intel SSD did not w/o firmware updates.
  14. didn't realize the drive had to support it, thought it was totally in the os like defrag
  15. Best answer selected by bsa250.
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