How to install Windows on a SATA drive
Instructions for using Windows to format and partition your hard drive when installing the operating system on a boot drive.
- Insert the Windows disc into the CD-ROM / DVD drive/USB flash drive.
- Power down the computer.
- Mount and connect the Serial ATA hard drive.
- Power up the computer.
- Choose language and region and then to Install Operating System.
- Follow the on-screen prompts.
- On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and click Next.
- Click on Install Windows and follow on-screen prompts.
- During the installation check is the driver is list as unallocated with the respective capacity listed (see example) or if the drive is partitioned, when selecting the partition to install Windows, make sure it has the required capacity to proceed with proper installation.
- If you want to delete a partition, Click on Drive options (advanced)
- Highlight the partition you want to delete, click on Delete and on Next, when a prompt message appears click OK.
- At this point the partition will show as Unallocated Space and is ready to proceed with Windows installation.
If you are installing a drive that has already been used, be sure to copy any files you will ever want to see again onto a computer or backup drive.
For detailed information on how to install Windows on a hard drive please contact the Windows support.
If the drive is not detected during or after loading the Serial ATA motherboard drivers, please troubleshoot the problem at our Serial ATA troubleshooter.
If this is a SATA drive and it is not recognized in the above step, you may need to install drivers provided by the motherboard manufacturer if the drive is connected directly to the motherboard, or install drivers provided by the controller card manufacturer if the drive is connected directly to a SATA PCI controller card.
To install the driver for the SATA controller on the motherboard or PCI controller card, you will need to click Load Driver.
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