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Adding a sata drive to a pata drive system.>?


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Ok, here's the thing.

I have an 80gig western digital ide ata133
on a gigabyte ga7v600p-l mb with winxp sp1 installed.

The 80 gig is full.
I wanna add a seagate 120gig sata drive, which I wanna setup to use as primary, relegating the 80gig to secondary/storage.

I want to be able to transfer my stuff from the 80 to the 120
before I reformat the 80.

I've downloaded the drivers from Gigabyte. Two sets, one for
a floppy...and one larger file.

I've also downloaded the tool from Seagate.
(Do I even need both..??)

What I'd like to know is...what is the best way for me to
procede to achieve the aforementioned results.

Thanks.
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You set up your driver floppy, you install the drive, you install windows and when promted you install the drivers for the sata drive and go through the normal install procedure, then its a simple case of transferring the files across, then you can use dban or whatever you want to reformat the old disk.
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You set up your driver floppy, you install the drive, you install windows and when promted you install the drivers for the sata drive and go through the normal install procedure, then its a simple case of transferring the files across, then you can use dban or whatever you want to reformat the old disk.


Thanks.
A couple questions.
A, do I use both floppy drivers(seagate's and gigabyte's)
What about the 'large' driver file I downloaded from gigbyte,
when and where does that come into play...???

Should I leave the ide drive in place while I'm doing all this..??
(I've received some conflicting advice on that last one)

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You should only need the drivers for the floppy the larger file may be the drivers for the motherboard or an integrated third party controller like a silicon image controller which you only need if you want to have 4+ drives or a RAID set up.

You only use the motherboard manufacturers drivers the seagate drivers wont work or they shouldnt anyway. You should be able to leave the IDE in place but to save complications you can just pull the power plug from the back when you install the new drive so you cant accidently install on the wrong drive or anything, it doesnt matter but you may as well unplug it.

Its a pretty simple process only takes an extra 30 seconds than a normal IDE install does and once its done its done.
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Ok...sounds good.
Thanks for the help.
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The installation went very well...thanks again.

Funny thing..when I pressed F6, nothing happened.
Eventually, it did grab the drivers off the floppy, but it
was a wee bit disconcerting for a while. :tazz:

I guess if I want to add a second sata drive, as extra storage, I need only plug er in...??
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Once the drivers are on they are on you dont need to do that again. Sata drives are plug and play pretty much once you have the drivers.
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Outstanding...thanks....:tazz:
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