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Windows 7: Win 7 and SATA drivers

05 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64 ,Windows 8 Ent x64 and Windows Xp SP2
Win 7 and SATA drivers


I know that setting up WinXP on SATA disk will ask for SATA/RAID drivers before it could recognize the HDD,but why would windows 7 also wont recognize my SATA HDD ? (I always thought Windows 7 will recognize SATA drives)

PC Config

Pentium 4
Intel 850 Chipset MB
250GB HDD Seagate SATA
PCI to SATA card installed.
No Option to set SATA to IDE/AHCI in BIOS


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05 Jun 2013   #2

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You may have a old Sata Controller with no drivers in Windows 7 DVD,
for a example Promise Fastrak 376.
SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup
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05 Jun 2013   #3


Very rare. If it prompts for drivers it normally is a bad installer. Burn or write a new one from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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07 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 ,Windows 8 Ent x64 and Windows Xp SP2

thanks mates...

may be true that drivers not present in win7 DVD.(I added manually from disk and worked ). I was using this add on card with silicon image chip(si13xxx)

not related with seven,but still curious , how my other PC (AMD + Asus M2N-MX) with onboard SATA ports works fine when installing WinXP ? Win XP wont ask for drivers(detects HDD easily) on these PC ?
(Is it that if BIOS has option to select SATA as IDE..then WinXP or Win7 detects HDD without any issues?)

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07 Jun 2013   #5


To install XP on modern hardware you 'll need at least XP w/SP3 CD, set SATA controller in BIOS to IDE or provide the SATA drivers: SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
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07 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 ,Windows 8 Ent x64 and Windows Xp SP2

that means... in simple words..if i set SATA as IDE in Win XP or Win7 will detect the SATA HDD and to set SATA HDD as RAID or AHCI..i need to add drivers..

but as my OLD pc has no such settings to set SATA as IDE.. my XP or Win7 did not reco. the SATA HDD

correct ?
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07 Jun 2013   #7


With newer hardware it's almost always required now to provide the SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD.

I was just letting you know the things which you can try first to see if XP will install without going to that trouble. You can also virtualize XP in Win7 using freeware like Virtual Box or Virtual Player, or XP Mode in the higher versions.
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