1 TB drive for Vista

June 6, 2009 at 20:20:40
Specs: WinXP, 1.5Ghz, 256MB
I bought a 1 TB hard drive for my new Vista Ultimate 64-bit system. In the manual, it says make sure your motherboard has 48-bit BIOS support. My motherboard is ASUS P5Q Deluxe.The hard drive manual says Vista supports drives larger than 137GB and will load SATA drivers directly from a CD. I quess I can look up the BIOS support on the MOBO web site but my question is what sequence to follow? Here's the way I see it. Correct me if wrong.
1) Boot to Vista CD
2) Install Vista
3) Install motherboard, videocard drivers, etc.
4) Set SATA drive as boot drive in BIOS
Before all this, make sure SATA is enabled in the BIOS.
Thank you.

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#1
June 7, 2009 at 10:48:22
For at least a few years now, most SATA-equipped retail motherboards have come pre-configured to operate in IDE mode. If you are in doubt, check the BIOS setting to verify the default mode on your ASUS. To load Windows Vista:

1.) Connect the new HDD correctly & appropriately.

2.) Boot from your Vista DVD

3.) Follow the install prompts ... I suggest selecting the option that allows Vista to connect to the internet to acquire drivers & related software updates during this process.

4.) Manually download & install the latest drivers or software updates for any component that may have been skipped or not found during during setup.

Enjoy!

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#2
June 7, 2009 at 12:04:13
Thank you Sabertooth! I can do 1, 2 and 4 completely but 3 I cannot do entirely because I won't have the PC ready for Internet access yet. I can complete 3 once PC is set up for Internet. I need to get a wireless router first and USB wireless dongle so new PC can connect. Thinking of TrendNet N-draft router. It supports 802.11b/g/n. And N USB dongles are available and seem to be cheaper than G USB dongles. What do you think of Trendnet router and N USB dongles? By N I mean 802.11n.

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#3
June 7, 2009 at 21:26:18
I'm familiar with TrendNet; as I have a couple of their Bluetooth products. As far as routers, I've dealt mostly with Netgear & Linksys. Is there a particular model from TrendNet that you've been looking at?

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#4
June 7, 2009 at 22:18:35
The model I'm considering is the TEW-631BR. There's probably a later model out now. I like that it has an on/off switch; you can turn your wireless completely off!

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#5
June 9, 2009 at 20:34:48
The TEW-631BR gets mostly positive user reviews from the folks that bought the router via Newegg. I for one, don't think I want to pay that much for a router, but that's just me.

Also, do you have a router right now ... perhaps a 802.11b/g? If you do, you may be able to get by with that until the end of this year. You know, the final 802.11n specifications are expected to be released officially next year. And I'm sure, the last thing you want to do is buy an n-draft router now that you may end up looking to upgrade within a year or even a few months.

At any rate, the URL below offers some valuable insight into your current assignment, you ought to check it out.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...

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#6
June 15, 2009 at 03:17:50
Thanks a lot. I'll check out the URL!

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