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remember- if you have xp and you are reinstalling on the SATA to install the RAID drivers when windows asks for them at the setup screen (hit F6 and load drivers from floppy when it says hit F6 to install 3rd party drivers...)
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remember- if you have xp and you are reinstalling on the SATA to install the RAID drivers when windows asks for them at the setup screen (hit F6 and load drivers from floppy when it says hit F6 to install 3rd party drivers...)
ummmm.....I dont have a floppy drive can this be done from a USB flash drive?
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ummmm.....I dont have a floppy drive can this be done from a USB flash drive?
i think so... on my mobo it considers my usb key another hard drive where the last mobo i had i grouped usb keys in the category of removable drives -- same as a floppy. so it might depend on the mobo. i dunno if when you hit F6 if windows just looks at the A:\\ drive..
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i think so... on my mobo it considers my usb key another hard drive where the last mobo i had i grouped usb keys in the category of removable drives -- same as a floppy. so it might depend on the mobo. i dunno if when you hit F6 if windows just looks at the A:\\ drive..

hmmmm, seem slike too much of a hastle to me I think ill just wack in a floppy drive ( got heaps of them lying around, just couldnt be bothered plugging one in )

So do i have to have the drivers in a .exe file or all seperate? ( ive never done this b4)
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Ok then. so it seems there will be no issues with having the 2 drives together peacfully.

I will create a 20Gb partition for the OS onthe SATA drive and leave the rest, and have the 40Gb as a secondary data storage (music etc)

I will then set the first partition as the primary boot drive in the BIOS, and everything should work fine.

Thanks guys, just wanted to clear that up before i go plugging things in and end screwing something up

Thanks again. rep+ 4 all

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Bios will still only see 1 physical drive, no matter the # of partitions, Windows will see each partition as a drive.


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ummmm.....I dont have a floppy drive can this be done from a USB flash drive?
You don't need Raid drivers if you are not using Raid.
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post #16 of 27
XP SP2 doesn't need SATA RAID drivers...I've installed it countless times now on a variety of mother boards and never even thought about pressing F6.

Windows 2000 does though with some controlers...or SATA raid needs to be enabled at least

Also when making your OS partition remeber that you'll have to install programs to other drives and some really stupid program will throw a fuss and not install right. I use 80 gigs for my OS and the rest for storage. If I re-install windows I only have to format the 80 gigs
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You don't need Raid drivers if you are not using Raid.

oh yea.... duh...Im nuch a n00b
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oh yea.... duh...Im nuch a n00b
ah i didnt realize you had SP2 -- ive got SP1 and take it for granted i guess-- to use SATA i had to do the F6 thing.
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post #19 of 27
Just another opinion: I would recommend a little more than 20GB for the OS partition. It is best to put programs, OS, and games on the active partition so they will all run faster and without issue. I had an issue with a few games getting errors becuase they didn't like being on the non-OS partition. Also, don't forget to put the paging file on the storage drive, makes the primary partition that much faster.
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raid drivers are not needed when running a single sata drive
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