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do i need a floppy drive for raptor new install ?

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April 1, 2005 3:22:27 AM

i just bought the components for a new pc
a oem raptor 74gb and a new windows xp sp2
does windows have a problem recognizing the raptor or do i need the WD utilities that usually come on a floppy (and probably with a retail raptor) ?
i don`t even have a floppy for my other pc
so i would have to download the utility and install a floppy on my first pc then switch floppies and so on.
so please tell me window has drivers for the raptor?

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April 1, 2005 4:50:28 AM

I'd be lying if I told you I KNEW that - did you look in your Raptor manual? Did the Raptor come with a CD?

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April 1, 2005 7:43:17 AM

No, Windows Settup has no problem recognizing any SATA drive. The problem is what controller you're using: An On-Chipset SATA controller will show the drive to Windows as a standard IDE drive so long as RAID mode is disabled. If RAID mode is enabled (stupid thing to do if you're using one drive), you need a driver on floppy. If you use a third-party controller (such as Promise, Highpoint, or Silicon Image), you'll need a driver on floppy.

So basically, so long as you use the chipset's controller in non-RAID mode, you don't need a floppy.

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April 1, 2005 3:27:46 PM

I have a Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra-64 and no RAID. RAID is disabled in my bios, so was intergrated SCSI card, and only drive was attached was Raptor 74gig, and I had to install drivers from mobo to install XP, any other way and XP would not find drive.

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April 1, 2005 5:53:40 PM

For what its worth...I was OK on my machine with the 36gb raptor (raid off). I didn't need a diskette drive, even though i have one.

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April 1, 2005 6:09:24 PM

But you're still using a 3rd party controller, no? I've installed XP on several systems using the chipsets controller (RAID disabled) and XP always found the drives without a special driver, using the standard IDE controller driver built into XP.

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