installing XP SP1 before using SATA

June 12, 2009 at 09:07:51
Specs: Windows XP
I am working on my first build. My AUSU Mobo (MSN68-AM SE2) manual states that XP SP1 should be installed before using Serial ATA. Since this is a new build and a New SATA HD how to install XP with out a HD in place?

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June 12, 2009 at 09:16:48
you'll have to provide the SATA drivers during setup.

During XP setup, when you boot from the CD and see "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver..." on the screen, press F6. You'll be prompted to insert a disk containing SATA drivers. This will be the driver for your motherboard's SATA controller. Follow the onscreen instructions to do this. After that, Windows setup can continue normally.;en-us;555375
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June 12, 2009 at 09:59:21
Should I have the SATA hard drive contected before starting the xp set up? or wait until after the driver is loaded.

Will the driver be located on the disc profide with MOBO? (silly question)

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June 12, 2009 at 10:20:04
yes, connect the SATA drive before beginning the installation.

The driver might be on the motherboard CD. That's the first place to look, anyway. It might be bundled into the chipset driver, or something like that, in which case you'll have to either dig around on the CD to find the folder that contains just the SATA driver, or download the driver from Asus's website.;en-us;555375
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June 12, 2009 at 11:00:03
Why bother with SP1 when SP3 is the latest service pack available? I suggest you download SP3 from the Microsoft site, then slipstream it into your XP CD using nLite. You'll need to install .NET Framework to be able to use nLite.

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