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Windows 7: New Hard Drive Question

02 Nov 2009   #11
Adrian

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GuruSteve View Post
To follow-up, I will also be installing a SATA DVD Rewriter.

My motherboard has five SATA connectors, 0-4. In the BIOS, the OnChip IDE Channel and OnChip SATA Controller are both enabled by default.

3. Does it make any difference what SATA connectors I use for the hard drive and DVD Rewriter? Should I just go with 0 and 1?
I suggest that you keep your connections S/ATA 0,1,2 etc.
Review your bios settings so that you are able configure boot priority.
Adding the additional drive after installing OS will entail additional work in that the drive will be recognised in bios but not by disk manager until its volumised and assigned a letter.
For further support please provide your system specs at the bottom left of your screen.
Thanks and good luck.


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02 Nov 2009   #12
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GuruSteve View Post
Thanks for the help, Dave. Much appreciated!

Just to clarify...this is a new motherboard, new hard drive, new DVD Rewriter, and new DDR3 memory (4GB). I will be doing the build tomorrow night and then installing the Windows 7 Upgrade, probably using the double install technique.

I noticed in reading the manual for my M/B that, during first POST, a message will pop up..."SATA is found running at IDE MODE!" I am then asked if I want to change to AHCI mode, Yes or No? So, it would appear that I can make the change there, or just go into Integrated Peripherals and make the needed changes (disable IDE controller, enable SATA Controller, and choose AHCI for type.

However, I just read somewhere on the internet that I should set the OnChip SATA type to "native IDE since this will enable the SATA chip. As long native IDE is enabled, you won't need to make a SATA driver diskette" to install Windows 7. Now I'm really confused!
Your welcome Steve,

Is your old 120GB HD IDE or SATA?
Are you planning on using it?

I would change to AHCI mode, if your BIOS is set to AHCI the install program will load the correct drivers when you are installing Win7.

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...somewhere on the internet that I should set the OnChip SATA type to "native IDE since this will enable the SATA chip. As long native IDE is enabled, you won't need to make a SATA driver diskette" to install Windows 7
This statement makes me think it was made several years ago, I haven't heard the term 'diskette' in a long time, floppy drives are not used much anymore, there are some who still use floppy disks. I prefer to use larger and easier storage devices, it's a personal choice I guess.
There is an option to load drivers that are required during the installation, this was used more with XP and Vista but, Win7 will usually load all the drivers needed to start you new OS.
Some drivers might need to be updated, most people don't need any driver updates, this is a very nice feature in Win7.

You will get increased hard drive performance when BIOS is set to AHCI versus IDE.
If your BIOS is set to IDE you will need to re-install your OS to change it to AHCI, there are a few work arounds but it's not an easy task.
Four of my computers are set to AHCI or RAID, the other (older one) doesn't have SATA ports or it would be as well.

Let us know if you have any questions.
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02 Nov 2009   #13
GuruSteve

Winows 7
 
 

Thanks, again! I'm not using the old hard drive...just the new SATA one. It'll be my only hard drive.

I think I'll put the SATA drivers on a USB flash drive just to be safe.

It looks like I'm good to go. If any problems crop up during or after Windows 7 installation, I know where to come for help!
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02 Nov 2009   #14
wilson1980

win 7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GuruSteve View Post
Thanks for the help, Dave. Much appreciated!

I will be doing the build tomorrow night and then installing the Windows 7 Upgrade, probably using the double install technique.

no need for that bud. just follow this tut

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


worked a treat for me. just install everything as normall and then follow it
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02 Nov 2009   #15
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Your welcome.

It never hurts to be prepared.

Have a look at these two sticky threads on the Installation & Setup forum.

Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7, for information and some useful tutorials.

Just FYI, it's a general list of some of the main issues we've seen.
Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

I would suggest to run the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, to check for any issues before you start the installation, if your going to run the old XP hard drive on the new rig. If not you should be fine, just connect your internet cable so Win7 can get the necessary drivers during the installation.

Good luck, and let us know how everything goes.
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