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Install SATA hard drive w'out floppy


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I want to install a SATA hard drive but I don't have a floppy drive, is there any way to install the SATA drivers without a floppy?
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I just found a floppy with the SATA drivers for my old mobo on it (Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G). My new mobo is a Gigabyte P35-DS4. Do you think these drivers will still work ok?
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Duh, just remembered I don't have a floppy drive :)
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your new mobo should have came with a drivers cd...
are you just trying to add a second drive to your system or is this a new build...
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Hi
I'm trying to use my old HD with my new mobo but I need to find a way of installing the right SATA drivers without using a floppy disc.
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if your bios "see" the drive you won't need to install drivers for it...
have you installed the drive already...
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is this a fresh installation? or are you trying to use your existing setup on that hard drive with your new board?
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Well i'd rather go for a fresh install
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unplug from the wall...disconnect the old drive...plug in the new drive...reboot with the OS cd in the cd drive..try installing windows...it should see the drive and just go on as usual...don't use the quick format option...
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many times the sata controller requires it's own driver. especially if such driver was included with the motherboard like he says. if windows setup says that it can not find any drives, then you have two options:

1 use a floppy drive (can be external) and the floppy, press F6 when prompted, and load sata driver.

2 use a program like nlite to create a custom xp installation cd-rom that includes the driver, and likely that will work without having to load a special driver.
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his mobo is new enough that it should be supported right in the bios...
Note...I have tried using a usb floppy drive to install SATA drivers...it was a no go...
if push comes to shove ...temporally plug in a internal floppy drive to load drivers at the F6 prompt..
you can the remove it if you want...I recommend to keep it installed just to flash your bios later down the road...

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Edited by happyrck, 04 January 2008 - 01:41 PM.

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Thanks guys
I've just been rooting through my old PC stuff and I found a floppy drive!
One more question, when I install XP again should I format the drive or do a repair install?
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if your putting it on the new drive ...format it...
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