Installing SATA HDD on my Dell Computer

April 5, 2011 at 21:47:14
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a new SATA HDD [500GB] to replace my older one of which is also a SATA HDD and had been running on Windows XP SP2. Still i am to install the same Operating System again. Would it still require Sata Drivers? Please let me know what exactly i may need to complete the installation process? My Pc doesn't have a floppy drive as well. What is available with me is only the Windows XP SP2 CD only.

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April 5, 2011 at 22:11:02
HI Ben,

Drivers not required to install SATA hdd


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April 5, 2011 at 22:29:22
The drivers for the SATA controller is in your BIOS. Enter BIOS at startup make sure the hard drive is recognized; save on exit and install Windows XP disk. It will format the hard drive before installing the OS but if you want to partition the HDD you will have to run FDISK before installing hte OS and formatting the partitions separately. You will have to install drivers (video;sound;lan;etc.) after installing the OS Another method with far less trouble (if your old hard drive is still alive) is to go to the hard drives web site and download software to make disk image of the old drive and transfer to the new drive. The software is also used to recognize and use the full volumns on large hard drives though I don't think 500gbt will be a problem with Windows XP.

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April 6, 2011 at 19:21:48
Don't sata drives come with a cd to transfer all files and settings to a new one?

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