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SATA Drives and XP?
Old 25th August 2007
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SATA Drives and XP?

Someone told me you can't use SATA drives on XP. Someone else told me you can, but you have to have some third-party driver.

Who's right? And what third-party driver if so?
Old 25th August 2007
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Some PCs, particularly older first generation SATA equiped ones required a 3rd party/vendor driver for the SATA interface to install XP on a SATA drive. Most if not all newer PCs have the SATA support in the BIOS as it treats the drives like an IDE drive and XP recognizes it as such when you install XP, no need for an additional driver. All the PCs I have here are like that. Hope this helps.
Old 25th August 2007
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The new mainboards should handle SATA just fine.

Michael
Old 25th August 2007
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sata

Mine works fine.....

just don't plug them right next to one another...sata 1 and 2 ....make it 1 and 3...
Old 25th August 2007
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Someone told me you can't use SATA drives on XP. Someone else told me you can, but you have to have some third-party driver.

Who's right? And what third-party driver if so?

Must have been that guy at Guitar center that gives everyone their bad information...
Old 26th August 2007
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Thanks for the info!

Not sure I understand about not plugging them in next to each other..... What do you mean......What happens if you do?

Thanks again for all the info.
Old 26th August 2007
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There are currently 2 different transfer rates, 1.5Gbps and more recently data transfer speed to 3.0Gbps

Some older boards don't support the higher rate.
Old 26th August 2007
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Originally Posted by rodreb View Post
Someone told me you can't use SATA drives on XP. Someone else told me you can, but you have to have some third-party driver.

Who's right? And what third-party driver if so?
I'm running my audio-only notebook with my Seagate 500GB Esata on a XP system.
Esata runs thru an expresscardslot with their third-party drivers.
Working great.
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