Solved XP won't recognize SATA drive

November 7, 2012 at 12:11:10
Specs: Windows XP service pack 2, AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.80Gzh Processor
I upgraded my XP computer to a 280 GB SATA drive as my old 50GB IDE wasn't big enough. The motherboard had a SATA plug and IDE drives are few and far between these days, so I tried the SATA drive. When I booted the computer after installing, XP didn't recognize the SATA drive, but booted just fine. Do I need a driver?
P.S BIOS didn't have a SATA drive listed either. Does the system not support SATA but the manufacturer put the plugs in anyhow?
P.P.S I'm away from home on my laptop, and I forgot to write down my motherboard model. All I can remember is it's made by ASUS. I'll get the number by Friday.

~oldie


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#1
November 7, 2012 at 12:44:39
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You need a driver; the manufacturer of your computer or motherboard should have SATA drivers on their website. Many bioses don't list SATA drives on the hard disk information screen, though they should show in the "boot devices" menu. But it may depend upon your m/b. Obviously the manufacturer wouldn't put SATA sockets on the m/b if they didn't support SATA.

Before SP3 XP didn't come with drivers for any SATA chipsets.


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#2
November 7, 2012 at 14:10:53
"Specs: Windows XP service pack 2"

Any reason why you haven't upgraded to SP3?

"my old 50GB IDE wasn't big enough"

It's plenty big enough as long as you don't install a bunch of garbage on it. Do you want to use the SATA HDD for storage or do you want to install XP on it?

How-to Install Windows XP to SATA Hard Drive


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#3
November 7, 2012 at 17:37:19
This information is not from an ASUS Motherboard, but the BIOS should be
similar.
Go into BIOS Setup and move down to the Intergrated Peripherals and Press
ENTER key. On the next screen move down to IDE Device Configuration and
Press ENTER key. On this next window you should have OnChip SATA Channel,
make sure that it is Enabled, if it is not move down to it and Press ENTER and change it from Disabled to Enabled. This should provide you with SATA harddrives
showing up in Windows.

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#4
November 8, 2012 at 05:25:36
"OnChip SATA Channel, make sure that it is Enabled....This should provide you with SATA harddrives showing up in Windows"

Of course the SATA controller has to be enabled, but XP will NOT recognize SATA devices unless the SATA/RAID drivers are installed.


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#5
November 11, 2012 at 09:26:20
Oh... i KNEW i was missing something! i'll google up some SATA drivers for XP SP2. Really, I wanted it for storage, not install. This system has 8 years of updates on it, so I figgured that while I was upgrading the RAM to 1Gb i might as well get a bigger HD.
P.S I was going to set the SATA drive up for the entire page file, is that wise? it has faster transfer speeds than the IDE.

~oldie


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