I have a MSI MS-7030 mother board and I want to install a 500 gb sata drive. I also plan to up grade this MB to Vista home premium. Since the drive is blank will vista install on the HD . Then I use the old HD as a second drive.
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Re: XP to vista and install sata drive
Yes vista will format & install on the new drive. Just make sure if there is an o/s on the old drive that you set up windows vista as a dual boot if you wish to keep using the o/s on the old drive. Hope this helps.
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This is your Mainboard driver MSI K8T Neo V (MS-7032)
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VIA 10/100 LAN Drivers XP : Vista : VIA PIDE/SATA RAID Drivers & Utility XP : Vista : Realtek ALC Series AC97 Audio Driver XP : VIA Chipset 4in1 Drivers XP : Vista : VIA VT8237(R) SATA RAID Driver (For floppy driver) XP32bit : AMD Cool and Quiet Driver • AMD Athlon™ 64/Sempron™/Turion™ 64/Opteron™ systems with ACPI 2.0 processor performance control objects • WinXP WHQL pass XP :
The problem is that your version of XP does not have SATA drivers and therefore does not recognise your new drive. Vista does.
If you Google the problem you will find many solutions on how to rectify the situation.
Basically, you have to make a floppy disc with the correct drivers for your Motherboard's hard drive controller. Then, when you launch your Windows XP installer, it will ask you a question about needing to install 3rd party drivers. Yes is your answer. Tap F6 to ensure that the installer doesn't skip.Insert the floppy disc and then after the drivers are loaded, the installation will proceded normally.
The other alternative is to leave your existing XP installation in place and add the new disc.
Later you can clone your old disc onto the new drive and then remove your original disc.