Installing WinXP on SATA drive in ATA system

December 22, 2010 at 10:15:02
Specs: Windows XP
I'm going to rebuild me home PC but to shift my OS from the current ATA drive to a newly-installed SATA drive with more capacity.

Since the system is over 5 years old, I've got lots of garbage in the registries and ahrd drive that I don't want coming along if I simply ghost the C: drive unto the new drive.

Is there a checklist of the steps needed to format and then install windows on the new drive?

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December 22, 2010 at 10:29:43
You may need the drivers for the sata...

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December 22, 2010 at 10:38:15
Does the bios include the feature to run SATA drives in IDE mode? (they virtually all do now, but didn't when SATA first came out - if your machine is over 5 years old...). If it does, you can just install 'as normal' by booting from the XP install CD and following the instructions. You should disconnect the current drive while you do this. If it doesn't, you will need to create a floppy disk with the SATA drivers on them (they shhould be on the motherboard CD - or if you don't have that on the manufacturer's website). In this case you need to press the F6 key early in the XO install disk boot process - you will then be prompted later to supply the floppy. Once windows is installed you will need to install device drivers (for devices windows doesn't have drivers for). Again motherboard CD or website as source - if you have a separate graphics card get the latest drivers from website.

The install 'as normal' means hit enter for new install when prompted. When asked where to install if you're using the whole drive just leave the unformatted drive selected and you will then be prompted to format it. Use the quick option. Then just follow the prompts. If your install disk is pre-SP3, you'll need to install that and all subsequent windows updates too. Once the install is complete, you can re-attach old drive - make sure the boot sequence is correct so it boots from new not old.

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