How to install Windows 7/XP/Vista/2000 on a SATA drive

How to install Windows 7/XP/Vista/2000 on a SATA drive



Instructions for using Windows 7/Vista or XP/2000 to format and partition your hard drive when installing the operating system on a boot drive.

Install Windows 7 or Vista on a Blank SATA Hard Drive

For more help, please see Document ID: 212667, our Serial ATA guided troubleshooter.

  1. Insert the Windows 7 or Vista disc into the CD-ROM / DVD drive.

  2. Power down the computer.

  3. Mount and connect the Serial ATA hard drive.
    See Document ID: 201717 for an interactive flash tutorial illustrating this.

  4. Power up the computer.

  5. Choose language and region and then to Install Vista.

  6. When prompted, insert the Serial ATA controller / motherboard drivers if necessary. Do this from a CD, DVD, USB drive, or floppy diskette.

  7. Once the drivers are loaded, proceed with the normal Windows Vista installation.

 

Windows XP/2000 Installation Basics

Below are the instructions for a new installation of Windows XP / 2000 for a Serial ATA hard drive. Install Windows XP/2000 on a Blank SATA Hard Drive

  1. Insert the Windows XP/2000 CD/DVD into the CD/DVD drive.

  2. Power down the computer.

  3. Mount and connect the Serial ATA hard drive.
    See Document ID: 201717 for an interactive flash tutorial illustrating this.

  4. Power up the computer.

  5. For some add-in SATA controller cards, you will need to press the F6 key to install drivers as the Windows setup screen launches.

    You may never have noticed the "F6" option before, since it happens at the bottom of the screen and is visible for only a few seconds during a standard install. What you most likely encountered during the setup process was a screen which came up informing you Setup could not find any drives installed on your computer, and it could not continue, much like the screen sample below:
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  6. To be able to hit the F6 button, you must restart the Setup process, and watch the bottom of the screen after pressing Enter on the "Welcome to Setup" screen. There will be some moments of files being loaded, and then you should see a message appear which says "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver". This message will only stay on the screen for a couple of seconds, so press F6 as soon as you see it appear.
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  7. After this is done, you will see other messages appear, and it will act as though nothing is happening, but eventually a screen will appear which will allow you to install the drivers for the add-in SATA controller. The screen will look like the sample below:
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  8. After you press S, the driver install process will continue and the floppy diskettes will be needed. Further instructions will be furnished after the driver install process has ended.
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  9. Insert the floppy diskette containing the drivers for the add-in Serial ATA controller.

  10. Once the drivers are loaded, proceed with the normal Windows XP/2000 installation.

 

If the drive is not detected during or after loading the Serial ATA motherboard drivers, please troubleshoot the problem at our Serial ATA troubleshooter.

A few further notes on this:

Driver Installation Diskette
For the hard drive to be detected in a new installation, the drivers for the add-in SATA controller/motherboard must be loaded at the beginning of installation.
The drivers for the controller/motherboard can probably be found either on the CD that came with it or on the manufacturer's website. Simply load the required drivers on the diskette and have it ready.

Where to Find the SATA Drivers?
Here is a list of the most common SATA controller manufacturers. 
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Onboard Serial ATA Motherboards

Serial ATA PCI Controllers

Further Information
Some of the new motherboards which incorporate Serial ATA connectors may provide options for adjustment in the BIOS, and some do provide on/off activation.  Normally, you should not have to make changes in the BIOS if you are adding a drive.  If the SATA drive is not recognized, you may have BIOS options for IDE compatibility modes that do not require special SATA drivers.

If you are replacing your boot drive, you may have to change the "boot order" in the BIOS to boot from the Serial ATA controller (sometimes represented in the boot order as the drive model number and sometimes as SCSI). If your motherboard has onboard serial ATA connectors, you should have been prompted to install the drivers for them when you installed the motherboard. If you didn't install them at the time of the motherboard installation, then you should be prompted during a "Plug and Play" process by your Operating System to provide drivers. We recommend going to the serial ATA de-de manufacturer's website for the latest drivers.

Also see Document ID: 202291 on this issue.

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