How do you install a SATA HD?!

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The SATA has its own BIOS in most cases; this means that the drive will not appear in the regular BIOS setup. In this case you must make sure the SATA or SCSI is enabled and in the boot sequence.

To further help with this we need to know if you're adding this drive to an existing system or if this is a new build and Windows needs to go on this drive.
 

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This is a new system and windows needs to go on it yes, any help u can offer me would be fantastic
 

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Make sure SATA or SCSI is in the boot sequence as well as the CD-ROM. Place the Windows CD in the drive and it should boot off the CD. Next you will need to provide a floppy disk with drivers for the SATA controller/card on them. if you refer to your motherboard manual it will tell you what files you need to place on this disk. You can get these files off the motherboard CD or off the motherboard manufacturer's website. You will need to watch the Windows setup and press F6 at the right point to provide the driver disk. You may be able to bypass this step if Windows recognises the SATA chip by itself so you may want to run through the setup with pressing F6 and the floppy.

The motherboard model and version of Windows will be required if you still have problems.
 

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allright I have cd set as 1st boot but I it wont give me the option to set SATA or SCSI at all....whats wrong now?
 

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You really should stay with one post to keep everything straight. What motherboard do you have and is the SATA part of the motherboard or is it a PCI add-on card? What options are you given for the boot order, do you have HDD? The manual might give some ideas as to this, but without the motherboard model this can't be looked up.
 

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and the other stuff u asked the SATA plugs are built into the mother board...when i opened it I was very cusrious as to what those little orange plugs were bc ive never heard of or seen SATA until today...things to boot from well I have my DVDrom and my CDrw, having trouble opening my DVD rom so im using the RW as 1st boot I also have my floppy drive as an option to boot from, I cant seem to find the SCSI drivers on the MSI site so Im totaly lost as to what I should do :(
 
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SATA newbie said:
things to boot from well I have my DVDrom and my CDrw(
Hehehe...no I think he means from the BIOS... what are the boot options in the BIOS... ;)

If you have SCSI use that, if not use CD...
 

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Those are my options in the bios as things to boot from.....but I cant install windows because my computer thinks it doesnt has a HD and for the life of me i cant figure out why
 
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This should all be in your manual.

Did you install all of the drivers that came with the mobo?

If you did, then it should be showing up in device manager... is it?
 

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I havent installed any drivers at all...I have my win xp pro cd and the Mobo Cd how do I install the MB drivers w/out having windows installed?
 
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Not a big fan of MSI so I'm not sure if their CD's are bootable. Is this hard drive from another system, or is it brand new?
 
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