I have a Dell XPS 400 (Dimension 9150) PC, I found in the trash and it was intact. All I did was put memory in it and a new Power Supply. I was not familiar with SATA drives, and this is the first time dealing with them.
It has only 1 drive, which is a 250GB drive, and it was partitioned from what I could tell with 3 partitions. One I think held the System Restore service containing Windows Media Center Edition, and then there were 2 more. I deleted all the partitions, chose the [RAID AUTODETECT/ATA] choice in the BIOS screen (shown below), and then installed XP Pro from my own cd.
This SATA hard drive is on -Drive 0 Sata 0 ID 0-, and there is a DVD Burner on a regular IDE cable. I have been researching this topic, I understand the idea behind RAID configs, but I am only dealing with this 1 drive and am not going to add any more. There are also card readers installed/enabled on the front of the pc.
At 1st when I tried to install XP it would not show any drive, and then crashed. But I was able to install it after changing the Config to the RAID AUTODETECT/ATA choice (by chance) and all is good, except what should be Drive C: is Drive H:, the card readers are labled from C-F, and the DVD Drive is DRIVE G:
[I want to do a final reinstall knowing I did it the right way]
SO HERE IS MY QUESTION: what setting choice below should I choose?
In the BIOS screen, under the DRIVES setting, there is a SATA Operation selection setting.
It looks like this:
-DRIVE 0: SATA-0
-DRIVE 1: SATA-1
-DRIVE 2: SATA-2
-DRIVE 3: SATA-3
-DRIVE 4: PATA-0
-DRIVE 5: PATA-1
You can choose one of these 4 selection settings:
[RAID AUTODETECT/AHCI] - RAID IF SIGNED DRIVES, OTHERWISE AHCI
[RAID AUTODETECT/ATA] - RAID IF SIGNED DRIVES, OTHERWISE ATA
[RAID ON] - SATA IS CONFIGURED FOR RAID ON EVERY BOOT
[COMBINATION] - SATA/PATA COMBINATION MODE
And these 3 info notes are below that on the screen:
*This field configures the operating mode of the integrated hard drive controller.
*The Factory default setting is RAID AUTODETECT/AHCI
*Note that changing to or from COMBINATION MODE will change how the drives are listed. The information for the drives will not reflect these changes until after a reboot.