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okeee

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I have 2 IDE hd and 1 SATA hd. C: is set to IDE hd 1, E: to SATA hd in the windows install menu. In bios: this order is given: 1 SATA hd 2 IDE hd master 3 IDE hd slave
How do I set C: to SATA hd, so I can install win xp on C: on SATA hd ? I would prefer to do this without opening the pc-case.
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Hi okeee!

You can go into the BIOS and disable the IDE ports on your computer, or you can just set the PRIMARY MASTER to NONE and PRIMARY SLAVE to NONE. Then save the settings and reboot the computer. Make sure the XP CD is in the drive and that you have the floppy disk with the driver for your SATA drive on it, since you will have to hit I believe it's F6, during the initial startup of windows setup when it is loading all the drivers, so that you can install the drivers for your sata drive, else windows will not detect it when you try to install windows on it. You should then be able to go to the screen where you select the partition to install windows on, and delete the partition currently on the sata drive and then create a new one and then format the drive and install windows on it.

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Edited by Fenor, 16 June 2006 - 06:25 AM.

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After windows is installed, you can then go back into the BIOS and re-enable the IDE ports and/or set the PRIMARY MASTER and PRIMARY SLAVE back to AUTO. Then save the settings and reboot the computer and XP should find the drives and assign letters to them.

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Edited by Fenor, 16 June 2006 - 06:25 AM.

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I tried that, but then pc won't start up anymore, not even when start up from cd only is set in bios section.
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