Friday, February 03, 2006

Problems with SATA and XP

OK, quick update on SATA drives and installing XP. Because the Epia-N has no floppy connector, you need to use a USB floppy drive to load the SATA RAID drivers when installing XP onto a SATA drive.

For me, this didn't work. XP set about checking the SATA drive and blue-screened in the process. I'm not sure at the moment if this was the drive (which isn't brand new) or the driver. Either way, I don't want to be in a position where I have to borrow a USB floppy drive again, so I'm installing on an IDE drive later today. I'll post an update to say how it went.

1 Comments:

Blogger pocketmoon said...

Hi again,

I'm eagily awaiting my Nano's arrival now. In the mean time I built a Shuttle PC for my son last night (SD11G5 - Pentium M). It too has no floppy connector, BUT the bios appears to allow the OS to view the SATA drive as an IDE. I just plugged in the 'old' SATA I had lying around (Hitachi Deathstar 200GB!) and the XP (SP2) install worked first time - no 3rd party driver loading required.

Have you checked out the various bios settings on the EPIA to see if it's able to do this ?

I think in the case of XP + Shuttle the F6 driver load is only required for RAID support.

Cheers

Rob

12:35 pm  

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