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My parts came in, need a clue!


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mfarre03

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So just like on Christmas morning, SantaUps brought me some parts today.

Mobo
CPU
Video Card
RAM
HD
CPU Cooler
Silver Compound

Case and PSU

I have built computers before but nothing with SATA drives. I have a Sata HD and a Sata DVD burner. Can I just hook everything up, install windows XP reboot and install my mobo drivers?

I need a little guidance.

Do I have to partition the HD? I have a Gigabyte MOBo and it mentions partitioning 10gb of space for Xpress Recovery2.

HELP!! I hope someone responds or leads me in the right direction. This board has been awesome!!

Thanks so much for all the previous help.

Edited by mfarre03, 29 February 2008 - 10:53 PM.

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Neil Jones

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SATA drives are easy. They can only plug in one way and in a handful of slots. If the power supply has a SATA power adaptor, use that, otherwise an adaptor usually comes with the board but ask nicely and any small computer shop will probably give you one for nothing.

So yes, plug them in, install Windows in the same way as IDE drives.

You don't have to partition the drive if you don't want to. Xpress Recovery 2 is entirely optional, plus it doesn't work on SATA drives anyway :)
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Nice, do I have to format the drive or is it all set from the factory? I feel dumb< LOL
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Nice, do I have to format the drive or is it all set from the factory? I feel dumb< LOL


The HDD you bought should be clean already. You should be able to just install right away.
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Very cool, hopefully I can get it done tonight.
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Computer is together!!! Now I'm waiting for the gf to get back with cable ties!! ugggggggggggg, don't want to start it without tieing everything down...
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