November 9th, 2004, 03:37 AM
ASUS P4P800 and SATA WD Help please!
I'm planning on purchasing a Western Digital 200GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD2000JD. I have a P4P800 MoBo.
I have an existing installation of Windows XP that I have been using for a couple of years now. I am using EIDE Drives.
This will be my first SATA drive, so I'll apreciate a little guidance. I wanted to buy the drive for extra storage space.
My question is:
Can I just hook the drive with my pre-existing installation or do I have to reinstall Windows XP? What should I watch out for and what could you advise me?Are there any special procedures with SATA drives that I should be aware of?
Thank you very much in advance.
November 9th, 2004, 04:07 AM
just install the card and plug the drive in...boot into xp and install the sata drivers. then just go into computer management and format the drive
November 9th, 2004, 04:16 AM
Thank you for answering,
However, what "card" are you refering to when you say install the card? Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I am sort of confused. Does the drive come with a card?
November 9th, 2004, 04:26 AM
if your mobo doesnt have sata connectors then you would need to buy a sata pci card. like a promise card for ide drives.
November 9th, 2004, 04:38 AM
With a P4P800 motherboard, no additional drivers are needed, you just need to enable the SATA drive in the BIOS.
November 9th, 2004, 05:28 AM
Thx guys, I'll go ahead and order the drive then....
November 9th, 2004, 07:52 AM
Just make sure that your motherboard supports SATA. My P4P800 deluxe does.