Where Can I Find SATA Drivers For Win 7 Home

Seagate hard drive / St3331ac-m
May 30, 2011 at 09:01:07
Specs: WinNT 4.0 Workstation, AMD 64/1.5GB RAM
Hello:

Recalling my past experience in obtaining SATA drivers to run WinXP Home edition, I am back again with a similar question of getting these drivers for Windows 7 Home Premium Full edition.

To begin with, from the very start, this installation process has been a strange experience because the install runs from an .exe file while in Windows XP. During this entire dual boot setup process, the system never stops and ask for drivers to facilitate the SATA requirement like WinXP and Windows Ultimate does. Even Windows 2000 stops the install process and ask for these drivers if the hard disk is SATA.
This is the second installation of this newest version purchased a week ago, and I'm afraid that the maximum installs will have reached its limits if this job is continuously repeated.
Of course going to the maximum installs will only bring up the dialog box stating the max has been reached, and a $100 fee would be required to obtain another registration number.

At this stage I think my only option would be to give some information about my system which I will do by including a copy & paste into this email.

Property Value
Manufacturer MSI
Model 740GTM-P21 (MS-7302)
Version 1.0

North Bridge ATI RS690/RS690M Revision 00
South Bridge AMD SB700 Revision 00

CPU AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 Processor
Cpu Socket Socket AM3 (938)

System Slots 4 PCI

Memory Summary
Maximum Capacity 8192 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Error Correction None


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#1
May 30, 2011 at 09:09:10
Unlike pre-SP3 XP, Windows 7 has SATA drivers built in so you don't need additional drivers for the install. After the install you may want to upgrade all drivers to the latest versions supplied by the manufacturer of your m/b.

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#2
May 30, 2011 at 09:37:37
I don't know what version of Windows you are using but if you have not registered the installation there is no limit to how many times you can attempt to install. Sounds like you have never completed the installation.

You problems could be due to any number of causes. What exactly are your problems at this stage?

I suggest you look at the BIOS settings for the hard drive. Set it to AHCI. Some hard drives benefit from installing specific drivers. Most run of the mill don't.

Post the full model of your hard drive.


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#3
May 30, 2011 at 11:02:16
To: OtherHill:

The first installation of Win7 HP_Full was done on 5/25/11. After all updates were downloaded and installed, a System Repair disk was created and a backup of the Win7 partition was done as well.
After this stage, problems began to develop and the system started to act erratically with freezes and hangup. At this stage I inserted the system repair disc to restore bad files and other critical files on the system. Win7 restore ran for an hour and rebooted several times without finding problems on this volume. It simply was unable to correct any problems after many trials. A strange, very strange occurrence in deed. This failure was a first for me. Never, had I witness the failure of a system restore disc to search and Not get things right, but this really happened. My next step was to do a restore from the two DVD+R DL (double layer 8x) discs.
However, this backup/restore was corrupted and nothing seemed to work as expected, so I deleted this partition and reinstalled Win7 last night and now it's running at what I would call 100% . There seems to be no problems since this last installation. And of course I was concerned about it not asking for SATA drivers at the setup stage.
I will continue loading files, apps, and utilities till im done. but will be keeping a keen eye on any strange behavior.
For a backup of the current installation, I took a different route and backed up this install on an exterior WDC 120GB hdd , instead of the 8x media as before.

SEAGATE HDD:
Disk 1
Manufacturer Seagate
Model ST3320613AS
Size 320.0 GB
Firmware Version CC2J
Serial Number 9SZ66QMK
Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Interface Serial ATA
Standard ATA8-ACS | ATA8-ACS version 4
Transfer Mode (Current / Max) SATA-300 / SATA-300
Features S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ, AAM
Temperature 43 C (109 F)
Drive Letter(s) D:
Controller Buffer Size on Drive 16384 KB
Queue Depth 32
Removable No
Cache Enabled (Read / Write) Yes / Yes
SMART Support Yes
Attribute Name Attribute Value Worst Value Threshold Value Raw Data
Raw Read Error Rate (01) 120 099 006 00000E262AAB
Spin Up Time (03) 098 097 000 000000000000
Start/Stop Count (04) 099 099 020 0000000004F5
Reallocated Sector Count (05) 100 100 036 000000000000
Seek Error Rate (07) 079 060 030 000005EABD58
Power On Hours Count (09) 091 091 000 0000000020C9
Spin Retry Count (0A) 100 100 097 000000000000
Power Cycle Count (0C) 099 099 020 00000000049A
[unknown] (B8) 100 100 099 000000000000
[unknown] (BB) 100 100 000 000000000000
[unknown] (BC) 100 099 000 000A000A0023
[unknown] (BD) 001 001 000 000000000067
Airflow Temperature (BE) 057 048 045 00002C1F002B
HDA Temperature (C2) 043 052 000 00120000002B
ECC On The Fly Count (C3) 058 045 000 00000E262AAB
Current pending sector count (C5) 100 100 000 000000000000
Off-line uncorrectable sector count (C6) 100 100 000 000000000000
Ultra ATA CRC Error Rate (C7) 200 200 000 00000000000A
Head flying hours (F0) 100 253 000 8E9900002048
[unknown] (F1) 100 253 000 00009FAA813A
[unknown] (F2) 100 253 000 000035DD99BC



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#4
May 30, 2011 at 11:42:34
Sounds like it might be a hardware issue, not the OS.

That hard drive is not a choice I would have made. The 7200.xx series Seagates have had higher than normal failure rates. Yours is 7200.11 which hopefully will perform better. The problems were not just mechanical but also firmware issues.

That said, the drive supports NCQ which can slightly increase overall performance if the SATA controller supports it. You need to have the BIOS set to use AHCI as I mentioned above.

Have you checked system temperatures and voltages? Try running HWMonitor to monitor those items in real time. Get it at the link below.

You should also run memtest to verify your RAM is OK. Get memtest at the second link below.

http://download.cnet.com/HWMonitor/...

http://www.memtest.org/


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#5
May 30, 2011 at 19:54:24
Since my first Windows 95 computer to today I have had a total of 3 hard drive failures out of about 12 machines (between self, close family, business, etc.) and all were Seagate drives. Before Seagate bought them I found Maxtor very reliable (2 repairs and 2 as secondary drives, 2 over 9 years old, and one of those 2 still acting as a back up drive on a new machine) and since then I only use Western Digital (1 repair, 1 secondary drive and 4 custom built machines) drives.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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