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Win XP - SATA Question

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Hagar, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Hagar

    Hagar Flightless Bird

    Three years ago I installed a SATA HDD (500G) on an Intel motherboard and
    then installed Windows XP, Home Edition and everything ran fine.

    Just put together a new machine with an ASUS board and a SATA HDD and once
    again no XP installation problem.

    The wizards at work tell me that is impossible, since XP does not support
    SATA and that, at a minimum, I'd have to load some SATA drivers from a FDD
    before installation, which of course I didn't and wasn't prompted to, by the
    XP installation program. On both machines, when I go into the BIOS, the HDDs
    are listed and recognized and the computers are working fine.

    So my question is: what is the real story with Win XP and the SATA
    compatibility ?? and why did it work for me when everyone said it couldn't
    possibly ???

    TIA,

    Hagan Sahm
     
  2. Alias

    Alias Flightless Bird

    Hagar wrote:
    > Three years ago I installed a SATA HDD (500G) on an Intel motherboard and
    > then installed Windows XP, Home Edition and everything ran fine.
    >
    > Just put together a new machine with an ASUS board and a SATA HDD and once
    > again no XP installation problem.
    >
    > The wizards at work tell me that is impossible, since XP does not support
    > SATA and that, at a minimum, I'd have to load some SATA drivers from a FDD
    > before installation, which of course I didn't and wasn't prompted to, by the
    > XP installation program. On both machines, when I go into the BIOS, the HDDs
    > are listed and recognized and the computers are working fine.
    >
    > So my question is: what is the real story with Win XP and the SATA
    > compatibility ?? and why did it work for me when everyone said it couldn't
    > possibly ???
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Hagan Sahm
    >
    >
    >

    With the new motherboards, using a floppy, as you have seen, isn't
    necessary any more. The "everyone" you refer to is thinking about the
    old motherboards.

    --
    Alias
     
  3. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    It depends what controller is being used eg Ahci mode as apposed to sata
    controller

    "Hagar" <hagen@sahm.name> wrote in message
    news:ZsidncmQlKzC31rWnZ2dnUVZ_vudnZ2d@giganews.com...
    > Three years ago I installed a SATA HDD (500G) on an Intel motherboard and
    > then installed Windows XP, Home Edition and everything ran fine.
    >
    > Just put together a new machine with an ASUS board and a SATA HDD and once
    > again no XP installation problem.
    >
    > The wizards at work tell me that is impossible, since XP does not support
    > SATA and that, at a minimum, I'd have to load some SATA drivers from a FDD
    > before installation, which of course I didn't and wasn't prompted to, by
    > the
    > XP installation program. On both machines, when I go into the BIOS, the
    > HDDs
    > are listed and recognized and the computers are working fine.
    >
    > So my question is: what is the real story with Win XP and the SATA
    > compatibility ?? and why did it work for me when everyone said it couldn't
    > possibly ???
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Hagan Sahm
    >
    >
    >
     
  4. Robert Kochem

    Robert Kochem Flightless Bird

    Hagar wrote:

    > Three years ago I installed a SATA HDD (500G) on an Intel motherboard and
    > then installed Windows XP, Home Edition and everything ran fine.
    >
    > Just put together a new machine with an ASUS board and a SATA HDD and once
    > again no XP installation problem.


    If you are using an unmodified XP installation disk this indicates your
    SATA drives are running in compatibility mode which means the BIOS emulates
    IDE drives.

    Robert
     
  5. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:ZsidncmQlKzC31rWnZ2dnUVZ_vudnZ2d@giganews.com,
    Hagar <hagen@sahm.name> typed:
    > Three years ago I installed a SATA HDD (500G) on an Intel
    > motherboard and then installed Windows XP, Home Edition and
    > everything ran fine.
    > Just put together a new machine with an ASUS board and a
    > SATA HDD and once again no XP installation problem.
    >
    > The wizards at work tell me that is impossible, since XP
    > does not support SATA and that, at a minimum, I'd have to
    > load some SATA drivers from a FDD before installation,
    > which of course I didn't and wasn't prompted to, by the XP
    > installation program. On both machines, when I go into the
    > BIOS, the HDDs are listed and recognized and the computers
    > are working fine.
    > So my question is: what is the real story with Win XP and
    > the SATA compatibility ?? and why did it work for me when
    > everyone said it couldn't possibly ???
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Hagan Sahm


    For the full story, look it up on Wikipedia.com which does an
    admirable job of it in good detail. There are a few details in
    "history" you might find interestings, such as "IDE mode"
    etc..

    For the short story, tell your "wizards" that things change
    and their information is not current. They're a little sloppy
    in the head to be telling you something you did can't happen,
    don't you think? Open minds would have said something like
    "... what? Tell me how you did that again? Huh! Didn't know
    that" and maybe gone off to update their information.
    I'd suggest downgrading them from "wizard" to "street
    knowledge".
    XP has supported SATA since at least SP2. If your mobo has
    the SATA connectors, then it's almost a sure thing that all
    you need to do is physically plug the drive/s in. My 6 year
    old Gateway with SP2 supported SATA drives from the git-go.
    There ARE instances where you could need the drivers,
    especially if there are some after-market value that was
    provided by some 3rd party, but ... it shouldn't be necessary
    unless you have very old hardware, in which case XP isn't
    running well on it anyway<g>.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  6. WaIIy

    WaIIy Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:05:21 -0500, "Thee Chicago Wolf [MVP]" <.@.>
    wrote:

    >Out of the box, XP cannot install to a SATA hard drive without
    >first loading a SATA driver from floppy or CD/DVD during the initial
    >install process.


    I don't think so.
     
  7. WaIIy

    WaIIy Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 11:24:26 -0500, "Thee Chicago Wolf (MVP)" <.@.>
    wrote:

    >On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:14:45 -0400, WaIIy <WaIIy@(nft).invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:05:21 -0500, "Thee Chicago Wolf [MVP]" <.@.>
    >>wrote:
    >>
    >>>Out of the box, XP cannot install to a SATA hard drive without
    >>>first loading a SATA driver from floppy or CD/DVD during the initial
    >>>install process.

    >>
    >>I don't think so.

    >
    >Without the BIOS doing ATA translation for a SATA drive or some such
    >trick, it cannot be done without first loading the driver for the SATA
    >controller during the initial boot install process of the CD. XP never
    >supported SATA out of the box, not even with SP3.


    That's not what you said.
     

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