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Do i need special drivers to install on an SATA drive?

Last response: in Windows 7
June 12, 2010 9:32:00 PM

just built a new computer with an asus M4A785TD-V.

do i need any special drivers to install windows 7 on the SATA harddrive? or will win 7 automatically recognize it unlike windows XP?

thanks for the help!!!
a b $ Windows 7
June 12, 2010 9:39:38 PM

Nope, 7'll do it.
June 12, 2010 9:46:26 PM

well thats a bit of good news. thanks! bad news is i dont have windows 7. haha. only xp pro.
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a b $ Windows 7
June 12, 2010 10:17:15 PM

a b $ Windows 7
June 12, 2010 10:30:32 PM

Slipstream Service Pack 3 to your XP Installation and it should see pretty much all SATA drives.
a b $ Windows 7
June 12, 2010 10:38:27 PM

get 7 and be done with it
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a b $ Windows 7
June 13, 2010 3:54:22 PM

3 Options

1. Set sata operation mode to IDE in the bios. This will let windows use native IDE drivers. You loose some features such as NCQ and Hot swap. For some, this is worth the hassle free install. There is NOT a big performance hit for most systems with this option.

2. Dust off an old floppy drive and get the SATA/AHCI/RAID driver copied to it. Many motherboard makers call this the F6 disk because when windows is loading it will tell you at the bottom to hit F6 to load 3rd party driver. Hitting F6 here lets you get the driver off the disc. Some board allow a USB stick to emulate a floppy drive. This may work in your case as well.

3. Slipsteam not just the latest service pack but also the drivers needed with a program like nLite. When i last used this, it did NOT work with MCE, but is reported to work well with XP Pro.

I guess a last option would be windows 7. Since Vista windows can now load drivers for SATA/SCSI controllers off a flash drive. I have yet to need to since it seems to support many drivers internally already.

EDITED TYPO! Win7 DOES "NOW"(Oppsy i had does "NOT") allow driver loading from USB flash drives.
a b $ Windows 7
June 13, 2010 5:54:34 PM

I have not seen the need of ACHI drivers with 7, they are all on the disk, I did do some slipastreaming with XP, but but not 7
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a b $ Windows 7
June 13, 2010 6:43:56 PM

If in doubt when reinstalling XP, press the Function 6 key when prompted to do so even if you haven't got slipstreamed drivers or a floppy disk. Later, you'll be prompted to pop in that floppy or to hit Enter and I find hitting Enter makes XP look in more cabinets because it invariably finds the right driver without the need for a disk. If you don't press the F6 key at the beginning, it opresses on assuming PATA or no special drivers.