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New Build, HDD issues

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I just finished building a new box, and I have a SATA150 hard drive that I want to use as my master. I have 2 IDE HDD's from my old system that are formatted that I want to use as backup.

How do I set the jumpers so that the computer will try to boot off of the SATA first? I went into CMOS at the beginning, and set the SATA HDD as the secondary boot device but I can't get it to do anything. (I'm using CDROM as primary)

Also, I'm having problems getting WinXP to install... I put my XP disc in the CDROM but it keeps giving me 'non system disk' errors.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Hi. You need to resolve the boot error first. You said you set the boot order to boot from cd drive first yet you get a non system disk error on boot? Can you verify the windows install cd is ok by putting it in another computer to see if it will boot?

You need to put the SATA drivers on a floppy disk. During windows install, you will be prompted to install 3rd party drivers by pressing F6. At that point, press f6 and insert the floppy into drive a and load the drivers.

Here is a good link for information on SATA, a tutorial
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